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CAA allocates new flights to Vietnam to six airlines

By Shelley Shan  /  Staff reporter

The Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) yesterday said it has completed the distribution of new flights to Vietnam among six of the nation’s carriers, with more flights to Hanoi and Ho Chih Minh City being added.

The move follows the amendment of the aviation pact between Taiwan and Vietnam, which was completed in October last year.

CAA planning division director Chen Jau-yuh (陳昭諭) said that the number of weekly flights to Ho Chi Minh City is to increase from 32 to 49, while those to Hanoi is to rise from 18 to 49.

Chen said that both sides agreed not to limit the number of carriers that are allowed to offer services between Taiwan and Vietnam, nor to restrict passenger capacity.

Airlines from both countries can fly from Greater Taichung, Chiayi, Greater Tainan, Hualien, Taitung, Magong and Kinmen to anywhere in Vietnam and vice versa, she said.

Following the new flight allocation, the number of flights between Greater Taoyuan and Ho Chi Minh City is to rise to 38 per week, with China Airlines offering 17 flights, EVA Air 16 and Uni Air five.

Meanwhile, the number of flights between Greater Kaohsiung and Ho Chi Minh City is to rise to 11 per week, including seven from Mandarin Airlines and three from budget airline Tigerair Taiwan.

In other news, the agency also approved additional cross-strait flights for the Lunar New Year period from Feb. 5 to March 5. They include 92 flights by Taiwanese carriers and 276 by Chinese carriers.

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