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Air China's Taiwan flights to become regular

AIR China will begin regular scheduled flights between China's mainland and Taiwan from August 31, the airline's President Cai Jianjiang said.

The carrier will operate 27 return flights each week across the Taiwan Strait linking Shanghai, Beijing, Chengdu, Chongqing, Hangzhou and Tianjin to Taipei Taoyuan Airport, he said last Saturday.

Cai said Taiwan's civil aviation authority granted Air China a business license last Thursday.

The announcement came after the mainland-based Civil Aviation Administration of China published a flight schedule on July 7 between the mainland and Taiwan for nine airlines and two air cargo carriers.

The airlines could operate cross-strait flights or charters between Taiwan and 27 cities on the mainland.

On April 26, the mainland and Taiwan signed an agreement in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, to transform daily cross-strait charter flights into regular flights. The number of passenger flights rose to 270 weekly from 108, under the agreement.

The two sides started direct air and sea transport and postal services on December 15 last year.


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