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Old August 5th, 2010, 06:09 PM   #461
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Taiwan, China to hold talks over flight dispute: report
4 August 2010
Agence France Presse

Taiwan and China are set to meet on the mainland on Thursday to resolve a dispute over the number of flights between the two sides, Taiwanese media reported Wednesday.

Aviation officials will hold talks in the southeastern Chinese city of Xiamen, the Central News Agency said, citing unnamed sources.

In May Taiwan and China raised the number of weekly cross-strait flights to 370 from 270, reflecting booming trade and travel.

But the agreement has been only partially implemented as the two disagree on how to allocate some of the additional flights, prompting new talks.

The two sides launched direct chartered flights in 2008 and scheduled flights last year, reflecting a warming of ties under Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou, who took office two years ago.

But Beijing still considers self-ruled Taiwan a part of its territory awaiting reunification, by force if necessary.

Taiwan's Civil Aeronautics Administration declined to comment on the report, citing a confidentiality agreement with China.
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Taiwan, China to hold talks over flight dispute: report
4 August 2010
Agence France Presse

Taiwan and China are set to meet on the mainland on Thursday to resolve a dispute over the number of flights between the two sides, Taiwanese media reported Wednesday.

Aviation officials will hold talks in the southeastern Chinese city of Xiamen, the Central News Agency said, citing unnamed sources.

In May Taiwan and China raised the number of weekly cross-strait flights to 370 from 270, reflecting booming trade and travel.

But the agreement has been only partially implemented as the two disagree on how to allocate some of the additional flights, prompting new talks.

The two sides launched direct chartered flights in 2008 and scheduled flights last year, reflecting a warming of ties under Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou, who took office two years ago.

But Beijing still considers self-ruled Taiwan a part of its territory awaiting reunification, by force if necessary.

Taiwan's Civil Aeronautics Administration declined to comment on the report, citing a confidentiality agreement with China.
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Old August 14th, 2010, 05:50 PM   #463
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CAA to accept bids for new cross-strait flights next week
8 August 2010
The China Post

The Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) will start to receive applications next week from local airline companies hoping to re-launch 36 cross-strait flights per week.

But Ying Cheng-peng, director general of the CAA, which operates under the Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC), said it could be difficult for local airlines to get good time slots for flights on busy routes including Taiwan to Guangzhou, Qingdao and Nanjing.

Representatives of the CAA and their counterparts of the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) finished talks in Xiamen on Friday, to settle discrepancies over how to arrange the additional flights.

During the talks, CAAC representatives promised to work to secure better time slots for four additional flights each to Beijing and Shenzhen to be operated by Taiwanese airlines.

But the CAAC negotiators also noted that if Taiwanese airlines want to apply to operate additional flights to such destinations as Guangzhou, Qingdao and Nanjing, it could be difficult for them to obtain good flight schedules, because the existing schedules of the relevant airports are already tight.

CAA's Ying advised firms to adjust the destinations and schedules for their new China-bound flights.

Ying said that local airlines should consider flights to other mainland cities such as Changchun, Harbin, Ningbo, Zhengszhou, and Fuzhou, as they still have some good time slots available.

He added that the CAA will invite representatives from local airlines to discuss the arrangement of the additional China flights.

The Xiamen talks were held to settle discrepancies between the CAA and the CAAC concerning how to arrange the 50 additional direct cross-strait fights per week. The new flights were agreed during talks with their Chinese counterparts in May in Beijing.

During the May talks, CAA negotiators did raise the request that after the launch of the 20 new weekly flights from Taiwan to Xiamen and Fuzhou in July, which are among the 50 additional weekly direct cross-strait flights, the original 20 weekly flights on the same routes out of the existing total of 135 weekly flights operated by Taiwanese airlines, can be replaced by other new routes. The Chinese side didn't reject the request during the talks, but the arrangement failed to take any written form.

The CAA then gave approval for 10 new flights to other Chinese destinations by Taiwanese airlines.But in late June, the CAAC rejected most of the applications filed by Taiwanese airlines on the grounds that the original 20 flights operated by Taiwanese airlines to Xiamen and Fuzhou should remain in force, and an additional 20 flights to the two destinations should be launched as scheduled on July 1. This means, Taiwanese airlines should operate a total of 40 flights between Taiwan and the two coastal destinations of Fujian Province.

During the Xiamen talks, both sides reached a consensus that the number of weekly flights to Xiamen and Fuzhou operated by Taiwanese airline firms will remain unchanged at 20.
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Old August 17th, 2010, 05:51 PM   #464
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China and Taiwan agree on extra flights
6 August 2010
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China and Taiwan agreed Friday to complete plans to add another 100 cross-strait flights after talks to resolve a dispute on the issue, Chinese state media said.

The two sides decided in May to raise the number of weekly flights to 370 from 270, reflecting booming trade and travel between the mainland and the island which are now linked by a sweeping economic accord.

But the aviation deal was only partially implemented because of disagreement on how to allocate some of the additional flights, prompting a new round of talks this week.

The Xinhua news agency said after talks which began Thursday that both sides "agreed to resume additional flights as soon as possible and strengthen talks over cross-straits aviation exchanges".

The two launched direct chartered flights in 2008 and scheduled flights last year, reflecting a warming of ties under Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou, who took office two years ago.

But Beijing still considers self-ruled Taiwan a part of its territory awaiting reunification, by force if necessary.
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Old August 19th, 2010, 11:20 AM   #465
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Death knell for HK's role as middleman after 60 years
19 August 2010
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The death knell sounded this week on Hong Kong's six-decade role as a middleman across the Taiwan Strait with the final seal of approval on the landmark free trade agreement between Beijing and Taipei.

The island's legislature approved on Tuesday the Economic Co-operation Framework Agreement (ECFA) after a marathon debate and numerous protests. The agreement between the two governments was signed earlier this year.

Hong Kong now faces the difficult task of forging a new strategy to take advantage of the growing ties between the two markets, but commentators warn that it is expected to take time and effort.

The deal, which further liberalises trade barriers between the mainland and Taiwan, will fuel competition and effectively certifies the end of Hong Kong's role as a bridge in the flow of people and goods and trade. It is due to take effect early next year.

The vice-president of the Chinese Manufacturers' Association, Eddy Li Sau-hung, said that some Hong Kong entrepreneurs were in talks to co-operate with Taiwanese investors to break into the mainland market, particularly the service sector. "Hong Kong can no longer play its middleman role," he said. The agreement is about "the political integration between China and Taiwan".

The ECFA, which grants Taiwanese greater access to the mainland's insurance, financial and banking sectors as well as reducing tariffs, draws the two sides of the strait to their closest point since the Kuomintang fled to Taiwan in 1949. However, some pro-independence supporters on the island suggest the agreement is a Trojan Horse to hide Beijing's true ambition of reuniting with the island.

The ECFA calls for Beijing to lower tariffs on 539 imports from Taiwan valued at US$13.8 billion, or about 16 per cent of the island's exports to the mainland last year. In return, Taiwan will slash tariffs on 267 items from the mainland worth US$2.86 billion, or about 10.5 per cent of the mainland's shipments to Taiwan last year.

The two sides have also signed an accord to co-operate on intellectual property rights.

The mainland has added direct flights between Fujian and Taipei and cut airfares by an average of 15 per cent in the past month, leaving Hong Kong's Cathay Pacific Airways and Hong Kong Dragon Airlines watching nervously. The Hong Kong-Taipei route was previously one of their most profitable.

Priscilla Lau Pui-king, a Hong Kong representative of the National People's Congress and a former associate head of the department of business studies at Hong Kong Polytechnic University, said the city needed to map out a strategy and new role in the cross-strait economic landscape. "The more direct links between Taiwan and China, the bigger the possibility of fewer Taiwanese visiting Hong Kong," she said. "Hong Kong has to ... pursue closer ties with Taiwan."

Lau said Hong Kong could attract more Taiwanese firms to list in Hong Kong, using the city's strength as an international capital and financial hub. She said the governments of Hong Kong, Macau and Guangdong should join forces to capitalise on closer strait relations.

"They could have been more active in pursuing and materialising co-operation in the Pearl River Delta region," she said. "However, it's unfortunate that they regard each other as rivals even though on the surface they co-operate with each other."

She said an example was the lack of co-ordination in tourism services among Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macau, which could be presented as a single destination.

Guangdong governor Huang Huahua is this week leading a 1,000-member delegation to Taipei with a shopping list worth US$6.6 billion.
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TAIWAN TO INSIST ON PARITY PRINCIPLE IN AVIATION TALKS WITH CHINA
6 August 2010

TAIPEI, Aug 6 Asia Pulse - Taiwanese negotiators will uphold the principle of parity in talks with China to resolve a dispute over an increase in direct flights across the Taiwan Strait, a civil aviation official said Wednesday.

"We look forward to seeking common interests despite differences in the upcoming talks and will insist on parity in distribution of the flight quota and schedule," said Yin Cheng-peng, director-general of the Civil Aeronautics Administration.

Civil aviation officials from Taiwan and China are scheduled to meet in the southeastern Chinese coastal city of Xiamen Thursday to try to settle the dispute.

Taiwanese and Chinese officials originally agreed in May to allow carriers from each side to fly 50 additional nonstop cross-strait flights per week starting in June to meet growing market demand.

As part of the deal, carriers from each country have operated 14 new weekly flights between Taipei's Songshan Airport and Shanghai's Hongqiao Airport since mid-June.

But China rejected most of the other new flights Taiwanese carriers applied to operate under the deal because they did not meet Beijing's requirement that 20 of the 50 new flights serve Xiamen or Fuzhou, both adjacent to the Haixi special economic zone, one of China's priority development targets.

Taiwanese officials, however, have said the May agreement did not require local carriers to fly any additional flights to the two Chinese cities since they were already operating a total of 22 weekly flights to those destinations as part of their original quota of 135 flights per week.

After China rejected the Taiwanese carriers' applications, Taiwan retaliated by ordering Chinese carriers to suspend 31 of their newly approved cross-strait flights from Aug. 1, and the remaining five flights from Oct. 30.

With the dispute disrupting the plans of Taiwanese and Chinese carriers, China agreed to reopen talks on the issue.

An earlier report from Beijing said the Chinese delegation to the Xiamen round of talks will be headed by a department chief of the General Administration of Civil Aviation of China.
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Taoyuan Airport to allow check-ins at HSR stations
24 August 2010
The China Post

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Taoyuan International Airport yesterday announced an expansion of its check-in services by adding six more airlines for which passengers can check their luggage at a Taiwan High Speed Rail (THSR) station to increase travel convenience and control traffic flow at the airport.

Self-service check-in kiosks may also be added to select mass rapid transit (MRT) stations this fall, according to the Ministry of Transportation and Communications.

Although passengers of EVA Airways and China Airlines can already pre-check their luggage at the Chingpu Station on the Taiwan High Speed Rail, starting October at the earliest, the airport will provide prior check-in for flights on six mainland China-owned carriers China Southern Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, Air China, Hainan Airlines, Shenzhen Airlines, Shandong Airlines.

With the ongoing construction of the Taoyuan International Airport MRT station, the Ministry of Transportation and Communications may also emulate Hong Kong International Airport by erecting check-in kiosks at Taipei Main MRT Station and the Wugu MRT station.

Such services may be expanded to Taipei County and areas farther from the city center, so passengers do not have to come to the main station in order to check-in.

Last December, China Airlines launched its self-service check-in kiosk at the Chingpu Station, allowing passengers to print out their boarding pass and check-in their luggage. EVA Airways followed suit early this year, with a shuttle arriving every 20 minutes to transport passengers to Taoyuan International Airport. An estimated 600 passengers a day use such services to increase the efficiency of travel.
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EVA Airways: To Cut Global Ticket Prices, Including On China Routes
25 August 2010

TAIPEI (Dow Jones)--EVA Airways Corp. (2618.TW) said Wednesday it will cut prices on global routes, which will include a 10%-15% reduction on ticket prices for China routes.

The price cuts will take effect in September and last until the end of the year, EVA Airways said.
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The horse has already bolted - even so, it's not a problem
24 August 2010
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Death knell for HK's role as middleman after 60 years
SCMP headline August 19


Don't expect me to cry at the funeral. We don't really stand to lose much by the free trade deal that Beijing and Taipei signed last week.

Hong Kong's role of middleman is now only a bit part anyway and, where it could be significant, likely to cost us more than it brings us.

The first chart should set the picture straight. Taiwan already trades heavily with the mainland. Total direct trade between the two runs at almost US$10 billion a month and has fully recovered from the slowdown in 2008.

This is about four times as much as trade between the two by re-export through Hong Kong, which was still the main conduit only 10 years ago. Political agreements have followed where trade has already long gone.

Other links have also become insignificant or have long been so. In travel and tourism, visitor arrivals from Taiwan amount to about 6 per cent of total visitor arrivals at present. That figure was 18 per cent 10 years ago.

In fact, the importance of Taiwanese visitors is less than that. Two-thirds of them are same-day visitors, meaning that they leave little money here. Even Taiwanese overnight visitors spend less here per capita than other visitors do.

I'm sure Taiwan also counts for little in investment. It has never been a source of funds for Hong Kong industries and Taiwanese investors are noticeably present only when our stock or property markets are hot and beckon for a speculative fling.

I cannot prove this in statistics, which is probably just as well as such figures would be straight fiction anyway, but I can cite 20 years of experience in the stockbroking business.

Taiwan a force in finance and investment in Hong Kong? Bring on the canned laughter.

What it comes down to is the airport, all those Taiwanese businessmen that for long have had to transit through Hong Kong on their way to and from their industrial ventures in the mainland and now enjoy the prospect of being able to fly direct.

Going through our airport's website, I counted 51 flights arriving here from Taiwan yesterday, which seems a big number but was still less than 14 per cent of total flight arrivals. I can't remember quite what it was the last time I did this exercise five years ago but I know it was nearer 20 per cent.

Let's say that this now goes down to 5 per cent, a prospect that has Cathay Pacific Airways and Hong Kong Dragon Airlines a little anxious as Hong Kong/Taipei is one of their more lucrative routes. Should others of us be worried, too? Should our government do something?

No, it should not. In the first place our bureaucrats need to be reminded again that Hong Kong owns no airline. Cathay Pacific is the Swire group's airline, not Hong Kong's.

What Hong Kong owns is a fine airport that has only at last begun to give the public purse a decent return on its investment, but only because of that maze of shops you have to walk through to get to your flight. It is not landing fees that make the airport profitable. It is shop leases. The airlines still have our airport cheap.

But business has built up strongly. As the second chart shows, July was a record month in aircraft movements with a full recovery from the 2008 economic crunch. A new midfield passenger concourse may relieve the pressure but the talk is turning again to construction of a third runway.

It will be very costly, perhaps as much as the entire existing infrastructure. The airline lobby will call for the public purse to contribute and our craven airport board will probably cave in rather than raise the landing fees and show that the project can be self-financing. Fortunately, however, the prospect of seeing the public purse picked this way has receded. The Taiwan transit traffic may vanish. Aren't we lucky? No, I see no bad news here.
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John Tsang off to historic bilateral talks in Taipei
28 August 2010
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With Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah setting off for Taipei today, officials from Hong Kong and Taiwan are set to hold their first formal talks since the establishment of a new exchange platform between the two places.

Yet both sides' priorities appear to be different. While Taiwan wants to elevate its political status at the negotiation table, Hong Kong remains acutely aware of the constraints of "one country, two systems".

Tsang will be the highest-ranking serving Hong Kong official to visit Taiwan since Hong Kong returned to Chinese sovereignty in 1997. He will attend a meeting as honorary chairman of the Hong Kong-Taiwan Economic and Cultural Co-operation and Promotion Council (ECCPC), set up in April to deal with its Taiwan counterpart, the Taiwan-Hong Kong Economic and Cultural Co-operation Council (ECCC), which was inaugurated in May.

The two councils, with senior officials from their respective governments participating, were established to provide a quasi-official communication channel between Taiwan and Hong Kong after Taiwan-mainland relationships warmed significantly over the last two years. The ECCC is chaired by Taiwan's former finance minister, Lin Chen-kuo.

However, the first meeting between the two councils in Taipei on Monday will not be an easy task. A local person familiar with preparations said there had been intense negotiations over the agenda since a Hong Kong government team arrived in Taipei last week.

James Chu Shi, director of the department of Hong Kong and Macau affairs under Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council, told Taiwan news media that Taiwan wants Hong Kong to waive all visa requirements for Taiwanese travelling through the city, and wants to rename the Chung Hwa Travel Service - Taiwan's representative in the city.

Taiwan also wants Taiwan-Hong Kong civil aviation agreements signed by authorised agencies in a similar way as its pacts with the mainland were signed by Taiwan's Straits Exchange Foundation and the mainland's Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits, according to the person familiar with the negotiations. The present agreement is between Cathay Pacific Airways and the Taipei Airlines Association because Hong Kong has avoided official contacts with Taipei.

"But these are just one-sided requests from Taiwan," the person said. "For the Hong Kong side, these are not the most urgent matters. We have to get to know each other first at the first meeting."

A spokesman for the financial secretary said yesterday the meeting's agenda was not yet available. "It is just the first meeting and we have yet to see what items to discuss."

Hong Kong-based political commentator Johnny Lau Yui-shiu said the three issues raised by Taiwan were all sensitive for the SAR government. "On the face of it, Hong Kong can talk about these matters. But the reality is that it must seek Beijing's opinion."
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TAIWAN-CHINA FLIGHTS WILL NOT BEGIN UNTIL MID-SEPT: CAA
27 August 2010

TAIPEI, Aug 27 Asia Pulse - Taiwanese and Chinese airlines have applied to open additional direct flights across the Taiwan Strait, but none of them are expected to be inaugurated before mid-September, the Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) said Thursday.

Taiwan and China agreed in May to allow airlines from each side to offer 50 more direct cross-strait flights per week and carriers from each side smoothly opened 14 weekly flights between Taipei's Songshan Airport and Shanghai's Hongqiao Airport June 14.

The remaining quotas have so far not been used because of disputes about flight destinations and inconvenient scheduling given to local carriers by China's civil aviation authorities.

After the disputes were resolved in a new round of talks held early this month, however, the Taiwanese carriers came up with new applications last week, CAA officials said.

The planned extra flights include four to Beijing, four to Shenzhen, 15 to Fuzhou and Xiamen, two to Qingdao, two to Guangzhou and one to Changsha from Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport; three to Fuzhou from Taichung Airport; two to Fuzhou, one to Xiamen and one to Guangzhou from Kaohsiung Airport; and one to Guangzhou from Songshan.

A CAA official said the General Administration of Civil Aviation of China had already referred the Taiwanese carriers' flight plans to its local branches to allocate takeoff and landing times.

"It remains unclear whether our carriers will all be able to obtain ideal schedules, " said the CAA official. "Even if they can acquire landing and takeoff times, they will need 10 days to two weeks to prepare for opening the extra flights, so they are not expected to take off until mid-September."

Chinese carriers have also filed applications with the CAA for operating extra flights, but the CAA had yet to approve any of them. Basically, however, the official said, the carriers from both sides will inaugurate their extra flights at roughly the same time.
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Cross-strait travel draws US firm's interest
The US company said Taiwan could catch up with Hong Kong within five years after the launch of Songshan airport's commercial service center
31 August 2010
Taipei Times

A government plan to establish a commercial service center at Taipei Songshan Airport has drawn investors from abroad, with reports that a Houston-based business aviation service provider expressed an interest in operating the center during a meeting with Deputy Minister of Transportation and Communications Yeh Kuang-shih yesterday.

Yeh said he met representatives from Universal Weather and Aviation Pvt Ltd, which specializes in offering integrated solutions for the business aviation sector.

"It [the company] is targeting Taiwanese businesspeople who make frequent cross-strait travel," Yeh said. "The company also claims that Taiwan has an opportunity to catch up with Hong Kong within five years after the commercial service center begins to operate."

Yeh said he was told that Hong Kong handles about 4,200 small private aircraft annually.

Universal does not own any jets and simply offers business aviation services, such as the arrangement of landing and department schedules of private aircraft, Yeh said.

At present, neither Taiwan nor China allows commercial jet companies to handle cross-strait flights. Both only allow civil aviation carriers, individuals owning private aircraft as well as those offering humanitarian flights to operate across the Taiwan Strait.

Whether commercial aircraft could operate freely between Taiwan and China would have to be settled through cross-strait negotiations, Yeh said.

"The two sides will meet in October and this [the commercial jet service] will be listed on the agenda," he said.

Yeh added that the Civil Aviation Act would have to be amended to facilitate the development of the commercial jet service industry

"The act does not allow overseas commercial jet carriers to provide domestic transportation services," Yeh said. "So if an entrepreneur wants to fly between Taipei and Kaohsiung, he would not be able to do that unless he secures special permission from the government."

Yeh said countries like the US and Japan already allow foreign commercial carriers to operate domestic flight routes, provided the flights originate or end abroad and all passengers are traveling from or to another country.

Cross-strait negotiations on the matter would be much more difficult, Yeh said.

Aside from Universal, Yeh said the ministry would review several other potential candidates before making any decision.

In related news, the ministry said it would soon send a team to Dubai to observe how it managed to attract 5,000 investors to its free-trade port within a period of 25 years.
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Songshan Airport has huge potential: expert
31 August 2010
The China Post

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Taipei's Songshan Airport has the potential of becoming a major business aviation center with a scale to match Hong Kong airport in five years, according to an executive of Universal Weather and Aviation Inc.

C. Gregory Evans, the firm's chairman, and Lin Lei-fong, chief of the Asia Pacific division of the company, called on Vice Transportation and Communications Minister Yeh Kuang-shih yesterday to explore investment opportunities.

Evans expressed interest in teaming up with Taiwan's aviation industry to provide business aviation services.

Lin pointed out that the new international airport in Hong Kong currently serves 4,200 business jets each year.

But Taipei's Songshan Airport and Shanghai's Hongqiao Airport will have the best potential for business aviation services among all airports in Asia, he said.

The Songshan Airport has the advantage of being located in a metropolitan area and it will be able to catch up and surpass the business scale in Hong Kong in five years, he said.

The direct flights between Songshan Airport and Hongqiao Airport were launched earlier this year with seats solidly booked almost every day.

Founded in 1959 and based in Houston, Universal Weather and Aviation, has become a leading international flight planning and flight support services provider for business aviation.

Vice Minister Yeh said the Songshan Airport should have the capacity of offering refueling, supply, maintenance and other services for more than 4,000 private jets each year.

In addition to such services, the more frequent visits of top international business executives can help bring in more capital investments in Taiwan, he said.

He said the Ministry of Transportation and Communications is still working on a plan to acquire adjacent state-owned land for expanded services at Songshan.

Yeh said he has also asked the Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) to study a plan of liberalizing the civil air transport services across the Taiwan Strait with its counterpart in China.

He said there are still restrictions over commercial flight services that prohibit private jets of corporate executives from flying over the strait and landing in Taipei or taking off from Kaohsiung.

The more liberalized rules will not only encourage busy corporate executives to use the facilities in Taiwan but also help attract more investment to the island, Yeh said.

Under existing regulations, only private business jets owned by chiefs of conglomerates and registered in Taiwan and China can fly the direct cross-strait routes.
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CAL set to join SkyTeam alliance
Traffic to business destinations in the Asia-Pacific could be routed through Taiwan thanks to the partnership with the major airline conglomerate

15 September 2010
Taipei Times

China Airlines Ltd, the nation's biggest carrier, said yesterday that it was set to join SkyTeam Airline Alliance in the third quarter of next year, which is expected to boost the company's passenger revenue by 2 percent a year because of the expanded flight network.

The Taipei-based airline, which signed a letter of intent with members of SkyTeam yesterday, would become the third Greater China airline in the Air France-KLM-led group, after China Southern Airlines Co and China Eastern Airlines Corp, which expressed its intent to join SkyTeam in April.

"The passenger load factor could grow by between 2 and 3 percent, which translates to an increase of NT$1.6 billion [US$50.3 million] in passenger revenues a year based on current passenger revenues of NT$80 billion," CAL president Sun Huang-hsiang said on the sidelines of the press conference.

In the first eight months of the year, CAL saw revenue (including passenger and cargo sales) increase 55.67 percent year-on-year to NT$92.33 billion, after the carrier posted last month's revenue of NT$12.38 billion on Monday last week, up 45.21 percent from a year earlier.

Passenger revenue accounted for 55 percent of total revenue, according to the airline.

Sun said CAL would become the only SkyTeam carrier to provide flights from Taipei to Hong Kong and from Taipei to Tokyo, which would benefit the other members of the alliance.

SkyTeam said that the addition of China Airlines to the alliance would complement the well anchored position of China Southern, solidifying the presence of SkyTeam in the Greater China market, which continues to experience significant economic growth.

"In addition to the service provided by our existing members, China Airlines offers an extensive cross-strait operation, linking Taiwan to multiple major destinations in China," SkyTeam chairman Leo van Wijk said at the signing ceremony in Taipei.

While saying that Taipei would serve as an alternative Asian hub with services to and from key business destinations in the Asia Pacific region, Wijk expressed concern that slower economic growth would impact the international aviation industry next year.

"Growth [next year] will not be as big as the past couple months," he said.

SkyTeam, a group of 13 airlines led by Delta Air Lines Inc and Air France-KLM is one of the world's three major airline alliances, *providing approximately 13,000 flights to 169 countries on a daily basis.

After joining the global airline alliance, CAL would be able to share maintenance facilities with other member carriers, which would help the company maintain a more flexible flight schedule and reduce operating costs, CAL chairman Philip Wei said.

"Our strategic target is to continuously strengthen profitability and boost our competitiveness among international carriers," Wei said, adding that he was pleased to see the deal come to fruition after a decade of discussion between the two parties.

Delta Air Lines yesterday welcomed CAL's decision to join SkyTeam.

"China Airlines' extensive network and growing hub in Taipei will complement Delta's existing service to Taiwan and improve our customers' access to destinations across one of the world's fastest-growing regions," Delta chief executive officer Richard Anderson said in an e-mailed statement.
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Flights Canceled As Typhoon Approaches Fujian
20 September 2010
Shanghai Daily

FLIGHTS between Shanghai, Taiwan and Fujian Province were disrupted by Typhoon Fanapi yesterday.

At least 18 flights were canceled by China Eastern Airlines and China Airlines. The airlines said more flights would be added today for the delayed passengers.

Flights from Shanghai to Fuzhou, capital of Fujian Province, were also canceled last night with Fanapi approaching.

Shanghai Meteorological Bureau said Fanapi would have limited effect on the city, although it was likely to be the strongest typhoon to land in China this year.

However, Shanghai residents may not be able to enjoy the full moon on the Mid-Autumn Festival on Wednesday due to bad weather caused by outer cyclones of Fanapi and a strong cold front from the north. Wednesday is forecast to be showery with thick clouds obscuring the full moon, the bureau said.

But the showers should only last for one day and the sky should be clear on Thursday, the bureau said.
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Shares in CAL, EVA soar on more direct cross-strait flights
TAIPEI TIMES STAFF WRITER, WITH CNA
Thu, Sep 30, 2010

Shares of China Airlines Ltd (CAL, 中華航空) and EVA Airways Corp (長榮航空) soared yesterday after China’s civil aeronautics authorities agreed to raise the number of direct flights across the Taiwan Strait, dealers said.

CAL’s shares rose 4.07 percent to NT$23 (US$0.73) and EVA gained 3.84 percent to NT$28.40, while the TAIEX closed up 0.63 percent at 8,240.89.

The Taiwan Affairs Office of China’s State Council announced earlier yesterday the increase in the number of cross-strait flights, including an additional 14 flights to Shanghai, four to Beijing, four to Shenzhen, 11 to Xiamen and Fuzhou, two to Qingdao and one to Changsha.

“The destinations in the announcement mostly are very popular and the increase in the number of flights has been long anticipated by the carriers and investors,” Taiwan International Securities (金鼎證券) analyst Michael Chiang said.

Both CAL and EVA have said the load factor of the flights to major Chinese cities, such as Shanghai, Shenzhen and Beijing, exceeded 90 percent and an empty seat was a rare thing on the routes.

“The increase in the number of flights is expected to further boost the two carriers’ bottom lines as the global airline business recovers,” Chiang said. “That’s definitely what investors want to see.”

In the first half of this year, CAL posted NT$6.27 billion in net profit, while EVA registered NT$5.22 billion in net profit.

Chiang said investors still have high hopes that Taiwan and China will soon iron out a plan to allow direct cargo flights across the Strait.
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China Airlines to cut fares on certain flights to China
24 September 2010

Taipei, Sept. 24 (CNA) China Airlines (CAL) , Taiwan's largest international carrier, said Friday that it will cut ticket fares on flights to four Chinese cities, effective from Oct. 10.

The price cuts range between 9 percent and 13.4 percent based on the length of ticket validity and involve flights to Shanghai's Pudong Airport, Shanghai's Hongqiao Airport, Nanjing, Ningbo and Hangzhou, a CAL official said.

"With China destinations getting more and more popular, the price cuts are expected to benefit passengers, " company spokesman Hamilton Liu told CNA.

"In this price cut package, CAL also lowers airfares on less crowded flights to Nanjing, Ningbo and Hangzhou, Liu said. "As these destinations are close to Shanghai, we would encourage customers to make good use of these alternatives," he said.

According to Liu, the load factor on the Taipei-Shanghai and Kaohsiung-Shanghai routes exceeds 90 percent and an empty seat on any of these flights is rare.

After the price cuts, the fare for a 14-day validity ticket will fall to NT$9,500 (US$301) from NT$10,580, the price on one-month tickets will drop to NT$10,300 from NT$11,550, three-month tickets will decline to NT$12,000 from NT$13,860 and one-year tickets will fall to NT$14,000 from NT$15,390.

CAL said the reduced-price tickets will be offered for reservations from Sept. 24.

Currently, the carrier provides 61 round-trip flights to 14 destinations in China every week.

Taiwan's other major carrier, EVA Airways, said it had no immediate plans to follow suit.
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FEATURE : Taiwan seeks international aviation engagement
By Shih Hsiu-chuan / Staff Reporter, Taipei Times
Mon, Sep 27, 2010 - Page 3

In 2006, the international body that oversees cooperation among countries on regulations, standards and procedures governing civil aviation drew up two new most-direct routes that would pass through Taipei Flight Information Region (FIR), with instructions to have them established as soon as possible.

One path, “B591,” crosses the center line in the Taiwan Strait linking Shanghai with Taipei and then passes along the Central Mountain Range, with its end at Hengchun (恆春), Pingtung County, while the other, “B587,” connects Australia’s St George with Papua in Indonesia before ending at Hualien.

The two flight routes deemed “unfeasible” by Taipei haven’t been established after all because of several complex technical issues, including the fact that the two proposed paths would affect airspace used by Taiwanese military aircraft.

Margaret Hong (洪美雲), director of the Ministry of Transportation and Communications’ Air Traffic Service Division of the Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA), said her office was “surprised” at the plan by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) plans.

“The airspace above the Central Mountain Range has been a military training and exercise area,” she said, adding that Taiwan could only relay “through neighboring FIRs” the message to the ICAO that it had problems cooperating with the plan.

This was one of many cases resulting from the exclusion of Taiwan from ICAO since 1971, when the country left all UN agencies after losing its seat to the People’s Republic of China (PRC)

Since then ICAO has severed all contacts and interactions with Taiwan.

“Even representatives from Taiwanese NGOs and private sectors have been barred from participating in its technical and academic seminars,” the CAA said.

Michael Gau (高聖惕), associate professor of international law at the Institute of Law of the Sea at National Taiwan Ocean University, said Taiwan has been treated as if it “did not exist” by the ICAO after its position was taken by China.

“ICAO regards Taiwan as a province of China … The territory of Taiwan, exclusively administered by the de facto independent Republic of China [ROC] government, plays an important role in international civil aviation arena … but the PRC government does not provide ICAO with information on Taiwan. In view of thise, in the organization, Taiwan does not exist,” Gau said.

As a transportation hub in the Asia Pacific region, Taiwan was linked by 212 international routes, including 118 passenger and 94 cargo routes, serving 104 cities globally, in the first half of this year.

The CAA said the Taipei FIR annually provides air traffic control services for more than 1.34 million flights, including one of the world’s busiest air routes connecting Northeast Asia and Southeast Asia.

On average, more than 174,000 international flights carrying 35 million passengers arrive in and depart from Taiwan annually, with its airports also handling more than 1.58 million tonnes of air cargo every year.

Citing a number of cases in which Taiwan “went to great lengths” to bring its civil practices into line with world standards set by ICAO, Hong said the CAA “urgently wished” to participate in its Regional Air Navigation Meetings, Division-type Air Navigation Meetings and groups working on various civil aviation issues in the Asia and Pacific region.

“Only by doing so can the civil aviation administrative authority, travelers and suppliers in the Taipei FIR obtain sufficient and timely information regarding ICAO decisions. This would also mean that ICAO can ensure that its policies are fully implemented without delay,” Hong said.

Because of a lack of direction communication with the ICAO, Taiwan has been relying on alternatives to make facilities at civil airports and operating procedures compatible with ICAO standards and suggestions.

Over the past few decades, the CAA has obtained ICAO policies through second-hand channels, either from the US Federal Aviation Administration or its counterparts in neighboring FIRs, as well as through a subscription to a US-based database of worldwide aviation regulations and safety and advisory information.

The CAA also hires consultants from the US or Australia, among others, to help ensure that regulations and operations revised in accordance with ICAO amendments meet its requirements and thereby ensure aviation security systems proceed in synchronization with international practice.

“Despites these, we sometimes have difficulty verifying whether the information obtained is current and complete and we never receive ICAO technical assistance to improve our air navigation system,” Hong said.

A case in point was when ICAO launched the Universal Security Audit Program in 2003 to improve aviation security by auditing member countries, organizations, ordinances and practices, with the first round of security audits being completed in 2007.

After learning of these developments, the CAA established a task force to conduct its own audit to ascertain the compliance of domestic civil aviation statutes. However, it still does not understand the history, considerations and framework underlying the audit program, Hong said.

In another instance Taiwan learned in 2006 that ICAO had begun reviewing its security management system. However, Taiwan only found that it would need to make considerable revisions to its system to meet ICAO norms when ICAO finally released its revised regulations last June.

“While Taiwan was still in the dark as to the content and direction of the review, ICAO member countries had already gradually amended their own regulations, based on discussions and consultations at ICAO meetings, before ICAO officially promulgated the revised laws,” Hong said.

Established pursuant to the Convention on International Civil Aviation, also known as the Chicago Convention, signed in 1944, the Canada-based ICAO has expanded to an international body of 190 members with 36 council members from 26 signatories and 21 council members in 1994.

Evaluating the legal feasibility of the country being granted observer status in ICAO, Gau concluded in an essay published in 2001 that UN Resolution 2758, which recognized the PRC as the sole legal government of China and constituted a recommendation to all its specialized agencies that the PRC be deemed the only legitimate representative of China in UN-related organizations — “is not legally capable of disabling the ICAO Council from inviting the ROC government to send observers to participate in ICAO meetings in the capacity of ‘Other Body’ as defined in various ICAO Rules of Procedures.”

“The legal basis for Taiwan to attend meetings and activities of ICAO does exist, depending upon which mechanism in ICAO it seeks to join,” Gau said during a telephone interview.

Gau said the Rules of Procedure for ICAO Council, for the *Standing Committee of the Council, the Conduct of Division-type Air Navigation Meetings and the Conduct Regional Air Navigation Meetings all allow non-contracting parties, international organizations and “other bodies” to be granted observer status.

Although the Rules of Procedure for the all-member Assembly, the ICAO’s sovereign body, stipulate that only non-contracting states or international organizations may be represented by observers in its triennial session, precedents and practices indicate that the assembly has interpreted its Rules of Procedure in a flexible way when it has wanted to invite subjects falling outside that category, Gau said.

Both Palestine and Aeronautical Radio Inc, a private US firm, are neither sovereign states nor international organizations, yet they have been accorded observer status in the Assembly.

“In fact, the granting of observer status is more like a political problem than a legal issue,” he said.

Last September, Taipei announced it would strive to join UN specialized agencies rather than renewing its campaign for direct participation in the organization, with the ICAO and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) chosen as immediate targets.

In its appeal for international support for its bid for ICAO membership, the government stressed the importance of Taiwan being incorporated in delivering a “seamless sky” — a priority and mandate of the ICAO — despite the fact that politics could still be a determining factor in the success of the case.

An invitation from the ICAO Council, either decided by its 36 members or authorized by the Assembly, is a prerequisite for non-contracting parties to be granted observer status.

As China is a member of the Council, Gau said its attitude could play a crucial role.

Lily Hsu (徐儷文), the director-general of the Department of International Organization at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said the government has been building up support for Taiwan’s participation in ICAO from the international community since the bid was launched last September.

The ministry was optimistic that some of the country’s allies would speak in support of granting Taiwan observer status at the ICAO during the 37th session of the ICAO Assembly, scheduled to start tomorrow and run until Oct. 8.

That would mark the first time the issue has been brought up at the organization, Hsu said.
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Mandarin Airlines to fly Taichung-Fuzhou route 3 times a week
1 October 2010

TAIPEI, Oct 1 Asia in Focus - MANDARIN AIRLINES, a spin-off of Taiwan's largest carrier, CHINA AIRLINES (TAIEX:2610), has decided to operate three weekly flights from Taichung, central Taiwan, to southern China's Fuzhou City, starting from November 15, a corporate source said Thursday. The airline will operate a round-trip flight each Monday, Thursday and Saturday between the two cities, with the 1.5-hour flight departing Taichung Airport at 4:30 p.m. and returning to the airport from Fuzhou at 8:40 p.m., according to the company's plan.

* The three new flights are set to increase to 10 the number of weekly flights connecting Taiwan's Songshan, Taichung and Kaohsiung airports with Fuzhou City.

* The existing seven weekly flights have been operated by Taiwanese carriers TRANS ASIA AIRWAYS and UNI AIRWAYS.
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CHINA AIRLINES SAYS CROSS-STRAIT FLIGHTS PRICE CUT WAS VOLUNTARY
11 October 2010

TAIPEI, Oct 11 Asia Pulse - Taiwan's largest air carrier China Airlines (CAL, TAIEX:2610) said Saturday that the decision to offer discounted cross-Taiwan Strait flights starting Sunday was voluntary and not a concession to government pressure.

CAL told the Central News Agency that the cut was based on the company's steadily improving performance following the 2008 economic downturn.

"Since the first quarter of this year we have seen our revenue much higher than expected," said company spokesman Hamilton Liu.

Acknowledging that cross-strait flights have played a major role in generating profits, Liu said the discount was initiated to pay back CAL customers.

Starting Sunday, the fare for popular CAL routes such as Songshan-Hongqiao and Taoyuan-Nanjing will fall to NT$9,500 (US$301) from NT$10,580 for roundtrip tickets with a stay of up to 14 days.

Currently, the carrier provides 61 roundtrip flights to 14 destinations in China every week.

The price cut comes amid public complaints that prices for direct cross-strait flights are excessively high. The government has said it cannot intervene, but launched what it called a "morality advice" campaign to persuade the carriers.

"We have discussed the issue with the carriers five times since early this year," said Yeh Yung-ching, director of the air transport division of the Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA).

What the government could do, he said, was use its position as the company's biggest shareholder to urge the airline to lower fares, prompting other carriers to follow suit.

Two other major Taiwanese carriers, EVA Airways (TAIEX:2618) and TransAsia Airways, said earlier this month they will cut cross-strait ticket prices from Sunday and October 26, respectively.

As demand for direct cross-strait flights still greatly exceeds supply, both carriers and the travel industry have said the best solution would be to allow more flights, letting the market adjust itself.

"We're limited to 370 flights a week, and you can't expect the fare to be desirable in that case," said Spicer Lee, a spokesman for the Taipei Association of Travel Agents.

China and Taiwan agreed in May to add 100 new cross-strait direct flights to bring the total to 370.
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