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Minister expects smooth service for New Year flights

CNA , TAIPEI

Minister of Transportation and Communications Lin Ling-san (林陵三) offered his best wishes yesterday for the special Lunar New Year charter flights between Taiwan and China and wished all returning Taiwanese businessmen a happy new year.

Lin made the remarks while taking part in a ceremony to mark the inauguration of a passenger-waiting area at Chiang Kai-shek International Airport.

Stating that he is happy that all arrangements and preparations for the charter flights have proceeded smoothly on both sides, Lin said he is confident that the service will begin on Jan. 29 as scheduled and run through Feb. 20.

Six airlines on either side of the Taiwan Strait will offer the service designed specially for Taiwanese businessmen and their families operating in China who wish to return for the Lunar New Year holiday on Feb. 9.

Chinese carriers, including Air China, China Southern Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, Hainan Airlines and Xiamen Airlines, will take part in the flight service.

Speaking on the same occasion, Civil Aeronautics Administration Director General Billy Chang (張國政) said he will call a meeting with representatives from the six carriers on the Taiwan side -- China Airlines, EVA Airways Corporation, Trans Asia Airways, Far East Air Transport Corp, UNI Airways Corp and Mandarin Airlines -- to iron out relevant details.

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