China Airlines (CAL) on Friday made its maiden flight between Taoyuan and Chiang Mai, bringing its total round-trip flights between Taiwan and Thailand to 27 per week.
The airline had planned to launch the route in June 2020 and then again in October that year, but the COVID-19 pandemic delayed its plans.
CAL said in a press release that it was deploying its recently delivered fleet of 180-seat Airbus A321neos for the route, making the four-hour flight between the two destinations every Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.
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The flights depart from Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport at 8:05am, while the returning flights leave Chiang Mai International Airport at 12:15pm, the carrier said.
The new route would give CAL passengers more choices to the Southeast Asian country, in addition to CAL’s 18 weekly flights between Taoyuan and Bangkok, and five weekly flights on the Kaohsiung-Bangkok route, it said.
The Taoyuan-Chiang Mai route is also targeting the market for North American and European travelers transiting through Taiwan on the way to Thailand, CAL said.
The airline, which recently launched flights to Cebu in the Philippines and Da Nang in Vietnam, said it hoped to further explore the Southeast Asia passenger market.
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