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More Taiwan flights

THE Chinese mainland and Taiwan yesterday extended the number of regular cross-strait direct passenger flights from 108 to 270 a week.

Six cities, including Hefei, Harbin, Nanchang, Guiyang, Ningbo and Jinan, are joining another 21 mainland cities in operating direct passenger flights to Taiwan, the Civil Aviation Administration of China said yesterday.

The 108 direct passenger flights previously operating were all classed as charter flights. The new services will comprise both regular charter and scheduled flights.

Among the 27 designated mainland terminals, 25 will launch scheduled direct passenger flights from Monday to Saturday to Taipei's Taoyuan or Kaohsiung airports.

Scheduled direct cargo flights will be launched between Shanghai and Guangzhou on the mainland and Taoyuan and Kaohsiung, which will bring the total number of weekly charter and scheduled cargo flights to 28, according to the aviation administration.

The mainland and Taiwan began direct air and sea links and postal services on December 15 last year. Previously, air and sea connections, went by a third location, usually Hong Kong.

On November 4 last year, the mainland and Taiwan agreed to regular direct passenger charter flights across the Taiwan Strait.


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