Taipei-Dubai flights planned
Emirates Airlines has announced that it will begin offering direct flights next year between Taipei and Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The move will make Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport the carrier’s 16th destination in the Far East, according to a press release from the Commercial Office of the Republic of China to Dubai. From Feb. 10 next year, Emirates will operate six Taipei-Dubai flights per week using 777-300ER passenger aircraft, the press release cited Barry Brown, an Emirates senior manager in charge of commercial operations, as saying. Brown said his company is confident that the new service will contribute to travel business, as well as bilateral economic and trade ties. With the opening of the new air route, Taiwanese travelers will be able to use Dubai as a transit stop on trips to the Middle East, Europe and Africa.
Defector arrested again
A man from China’s Sichuan Province making his third attempt to sneak into the country was arrested on Wednesday on Kinmen. The 38-year-old was caught on Kinmen’s Dadan (大膽) islet by soldiers stationed there after he had swum to the islet from the nearby Chinese city of Xiamen. He was sent to the Kinmen District Prosecutors’ Office after being interrogated by Coast Guard Administration authorities. The man is the sixth Chinese to have been arrested this year for illegally entering Kinmen. He had previously illegally entered Kinmen in 2003 and 2009. He said he was sentenced to five years in prison the first time, before being repatriated to China. He received a seven-month jail term the second time. On Tuesday, he swam from Xiamen to Tuyu, a small islet northeast of Dadan, before swimming the short distance to Dadan the following day.