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Pact amendment to facilitate more flights to Shanghai

FLYING SUCCESS:There will be more flights from Kaohsiung and Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, and cargo flights to new destinations in China

By Shelley Shan  /  Staff Reporter

The Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) said the number of flights to Shanghai Pudong International Airport would increase by 65 percent per week after an amendment to the cross-strait aviation pact took effect on Monday.

According to CAA, the number of flights to Pudong Airport would rise from 62 per week to 102 per week.

The CAA said it has been negotiating with Chinese aviation officials since May over the increase in cross-strait passenger and cargo flights. Both sides exchanged the amended cross-strait aviation pact on Monday.

The CAA said the pact would increase the number of cross-strait passenger flights from 616 per week to 670 per week, with each side being able to add 27 flights to the schedule.

Each side can now offer six more flights between Greater Kaohsiung and Shanghai per week, which could begin this month. Starting in December, each side can add 14 flights per week between Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport and Pudong Airport, the administration said.

Currently, there are four flights per week between Kaohsiung and Shanghai Pudong Airport. The amended act would raise the number to 16 per week, allowing both Taiwanese and Chinese carriers to offer the service.

Both sides also agreed to add seven flights per week from Taipei International Airport (Songshan airport) to either Tianjin or Fuzhou.

The number of cross-strait cargo flights would be increased from 56 per week to 68 per week, with services to Tianjin, Zhengzhou and Ningbo being introduced.

Each side is able to have two flights per week to or from each of the three newly added cargo flight airports.

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