The Executive Yuan yesterday approved a new program of airfare subsidies for residents of Taiwanese islands that will reduce their cost of air travel to Taiwan proper by up to 40 percent when it takes effect tomorrow.
The measure benefits residents living on Green Island (綠島) and Lanyu (蘭嶼) off the southeastern coast, Nangan Island (南竿) and Beigan Island (北竿) in the Matsu island group and Chimei Island (七美) and Wanan Island (望安) in Penghu County, the Civil Aeronautics Administration said.
The individuals who will benefit from the plan take around 51,500 flights between the islands and Taiwan proper annually.
Under the program, residents of Kinmen and Penghu counties will have 20 percent of the cost of air travel between Taiwan and their home islands subsidized, as was the case previously, but residents living on Nangan and Beigan will receive subsidies of 30 percent of their airfares and those living in Chimei, Wanan, Green and Orchid islands will have 40 percent of their air travel costs covered by the program.
Subsidies are expected to total NT$292 million (US$8.71 million) this year, NT$23.3 million higher than last year.