Off-peak flight costs could be discounted 30 to 50%

By Shelley Shan  /  Staff reporter

Mon, Mar 24, 2014 - Page 3

Airlines could soon offer discounts of between 30 percent and 50 percent for off-peak flights, the Civil Aeronautics Administration said yesterday.

Since January, domestic flight ticket prices have risen between 2 percent and 10 percent.

Although the agency had approved the change in ticket prices last year, it also asked the airlines to give domestic early birds a 30 percent discount when traveling during off-peak hours.

For example, passengers flying from Taipei to Kinmen in off-peak hours could see the cost of a ticket reduced from NT$2,400 to NT$1,200, if a 50 percent discount is applied.

Meanwhile, the agency said it has reached an agreement for shortening the time allowed for passengers to return tickets with the Executive Yuan’s Consumer Protection Committee.

Under the current terms of the contract, domestic flight tickets are valid for one year, and passengers can request to return tickets one year after the expiration date.

The change in terms would lower the operational risks for the airlines and give them greater flexibility to offer cheaper tickets, the agency said.

The change is expected to be finalized by the end of June, the agency added.