Sun, May 25, 2008 - Page 2 News List

Flights to Palau to resume on Saturday


Flights between Taipei and Palau will resume on Saturday after being suspended 11 days because of a bankrupt carrier’s cancelation of flights, visiting Palauan President Tommy Remengesan said.

Remengesan said on Friday that Taipei-based China Airlines (CAL, 華航) will offer charter flights on the air route that closed after the only airline flying the route, Taipei-based Far Eastern Air Transport Corp (FAT, 遠東航空), suspended operations on May 12.

Remengesan made the announcement during a visit to the Ministry of Transportation and Communications. He came to Taiwan to attend the inauguration of President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) on Tuesday last week.

Remengesan said he would take the first CAL charter flight on his trip home.

Noting that the Taiwanese form the biggest contingent of tourists to the Pacific island nation — with three in 10 foreign tourists to Palau arriving from Taiwan — Remengesan said he was delighted to see the resumption of flight services between Taipei and Palau, and hoped the charter flights would become regularly scheduled flights in the future.

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