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Strait sees more flights

THE Chinese mainland and Taiwan will add more terminals and flights to cope with an increase of travelers during the Chinese New Year, a mainland official said in Beijing yesterday.

Taiyuan, Changchun, Nanning and Yantai will be added as regular cross-Strait terminals on the mainland, said Fan Liqing, of the State Council Taiwan Affairs Office.

This will increase the number of mainland terminals to 31, she said.

The number of flights will also increase from 270 weekly.

Between January 31 and February 28, at least 44 flights will be added weekly between Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen and Taiwan terminals, she said.

The mainland and Taiwan began direct air and sea transport links and postal services on December 15, 2008. Previously, air and sea connections, including mail, were routed through a third location, usually Hong Kong.

In November 2008, the mainland and Taiwan agreed to initiate regular passenger charter flights. Before that, flights were only offered on weekends and major traditional festivals - the Spring Festival, Qingming Festival, Dragon Boat Festival and the Mid-Autumn Festival.


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