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Taiwan News Quick Take

Staff writer, with CNA

WEATHER

Foehn winds forecast

Afternoon thunderstorms could ease off across the nation today due to a strengthening Pacific high-pressure system, while the southeastern parts of the nation might experience Foehn winds — hot and dry gusts that can send temperatures soaring, the Central Weather Bureau said yesterday. More stable weather is forecast for most parts of the nation, the bureau said, adding that while chances of thunderstorms remain, they are not likely to be as intense or as long as the one earlier in the week. The Foehn winds, which often send temperatures higher than 36oC, could affect southeastern Taiwan through Monday, the bureau said. Temperatures in Taitung County’s Dawu Township (大武) rose to 38.7oC last week under a similar weather pattern, setting the highest reading in the nation this year, the bureau said.

AVIATION

Tigerair drops Thailand route

Budget carrier Tigerair Taiwan, a joint venture between China Airlines and Singapore’s Tiger Airways, yesterday said it would end services between Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport and Chiang Mai in northern Thailand from Aug. 3. The carrier said it would shift its focus to the Northeast Asian market, where travel interest is stronger. Tigerair, which launched flights to Tokyo’s Narita International Airport in April, is to start offering services to Japan’s Okinawa and Osaka this month and next month respectively. A Taoyuan-Tokyo (Haneda) service is likely to be in place no later than January next year, it added. People who have already bought tickets to Chiang Mai can either get full refunds, change their destination to Singapore, Bangkok or Macau without extra cost, or make up the difference in prices to get tickets to Tokyo, Okinawa or Osaka, Tigerair said.

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