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Old January 30th, 2011, 07:11 AM   #521
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Taiwan mulls including Tainan Airport in cross-strait flights
25 January 2011
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TAIPEI, Jan 25 Asia in Focus - Taiwan's Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) will discuss with its Chinese counterpart the possibility of including Tainan Airport among the destinations served by direct cross-Taiwan Strait flights, CAA Director-General Yin Chen-pong said Monday. Yin said during a visit to the Tainan airport that the CAA planned to bring up the proposal in June when it will next hold talks with its Chinese counterpart.

* The aviation official was invited to the southern airport by lawmakers representing the city, who suggested that the facility, which currently serves domestic and military flights, be opened to international and cross-Taiwan Strait flight services.

* Yin said the airport's customs clearance facilities will be ready in May, enabling it to handle international charter services first.
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TAIWAN AVIATION AGENCY CALLS FOR MORE FLIGHTS TO CHINA

TAIPEI, Feb 24 Asia Pulse - Taiwan's Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) is hoping that the number of flights between Taiwan and cities in China, especially Shanghai and Beijing, can be increased to cope with anticipated growth in Chinese tourist arrivals.

The CAA said on Wednesday that with Taiwan soon to open its doors to independent Chinese tourists, most likely from Shanghai and Beijing in the plan's initial stages, more flights would be needed to accommodate the increase in demand.

Representatives of the two sides' tourism sectors are meeting this week in Taipei to talk about the direction of cross-strait tourism and could discuss the proposal that would allow Chinese nationals to visit Taiwan for pleasure independently.

At present, Chinese tourists are only permitted to enter Taiwan as members of tour groups.

The CAA said Shanghai has been the most popular destination since the opening of nonstop flights across the Taiwan Strait in 2008, with weekend flights packed and weekday flights averaging load factors of over 80 per cent.

Despite the tight capacity, however, the CAA acknowledged that promoting the opening of more flights between Taiwan and Shanghai would not be easy because of the heavy concentration of domestic and international flights already serving the eastern Chinese city.

Should it prove difficult to open more flights to Shanghai, the CAA said it hoped the total number of nonstop cross-strait flights could be increased, with additional service offered to cities near Shanghai, such as Hangzhou, Ningbo and Wuxi.

At present, there are a total of 370 nonstop flights between Taiwan and China, with 28 serving Shanghai's Pudong airport, 14 serving Shanghai's Hongqiao airport and 14 serving Beijing.
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China Airlines and EVA Airways to appeal fines
12 March 2011
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Taiwans two leading air carriers, China Airlines Ltd (CAL, ) and EVA Airways Corp (EVA, ), are seeking administrative appeals in response to a NT$32 million (US$1.08 million) Fair Trade Commission (FTC) fine for overcharging on cross-strait flights.

The commission meted out the punishment on Thursday, saying the two carriers violated the Fair Trade Act by misinforming the public that they would offer cross-strait tickets at lower prices, while increasing the number of expensive seats in their economy classes.

Both CAL, which is subject to a NT$20 million fine, and EVA, which has incurred a NT$12 million fine, said yesterday the committees decision was totally unacceptable to them.

We will not eliminate the possibility of pursuing an administrative appeal, as the FTC has been at odds with CAL in interpreting the flight fares, CAL spokesman Hamilton Liu said by telephone.

Liu said CAL had never broken the Fair Trade Act, reiterating that the company adjusted ticket prices on a market basis by factoring in seasonality and mileages, as well as supply and demand.

EVA also said it never cheated consumers on the ticket prices. The carrier said in a statement that it would appeal the ruling to protect its reputation.

Share prices for the two airlines held relatively steady yesterday in Taipei trading, with CAL closing flat at NT$18.55, and EVA dropping 0.76 percent to NT$26.2, the Taiwan Stock Exchanges data showed.

Last month, CAL saw its revenue fall 16.46 percent to NT$9.22 billion from a month earlier, while EVA posted a revenue of NT$7.14 billion, down 17 percent month-on-month, both hitting their first monthly declines since last October, the companies financial data showed.

The sluggish figures were largely because of decelerating cargo momentum and seasonal weakness in passenger traffic during a relatively short Lunar New Year holiday, Citigroup analyst Timothy Chen said in a research report released on Thursday.

Although CALs revenue decreased last month, we expect the recovery of cargo momentum will lead to a better revenue result this month, compared with this January and February, Liu said.

The NT$20 million fine would not affect CALs profits this year, even if the company has to pay it in the end, he added.

Nonetheless, Credit Suisse analyst Sam Lee forecast in a research report issued on Monday that higher fuel prices could hurt both airliners profits this year.

However, the local airline--operating environment remained robust, so they do not expect an oversupply this year, Lee said.
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Trans Asia and EVA Tap China's Greater Western Market

Taipei, March 18, 2011 (CENS)--Taiwan's Trans Asia Airways and EVA Airways are eagerly trying to extend passenger services to China's western market to tap the massive business opportunities.

Trans Asia made its maiden flight between Songshan, Taipei and Chongqing, Sichuan province, China, also expecting to increase passenger services to four flights per week by cooperating with Sichuan Airways in the first half of this year; while EVA said it will fly the Taoyuan, Taiwan to Chengdu, Sichuan route by the end of March.

Trans Asia president Chen Chia said China's inland cities are growing rapidly, driven by Chongqing being developed as a production hub for notebook computers, with the mega-city to attract many business travelers from home and abroad.

Some 3,000 Taiwanese merchants live in Chongqing. With affordable commodity prices, housing prices and labor wages, Chongqing has great potential to be a business-oriented city as Kunshan, Jiangsu province; Suzhou, Jiangsu province; Guangzhou, Guangdong province; and Shenzhen, Fujian province.
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Mandarin Airlines looks to Taichung office for boost
Staff Writer, with CNA, TAICHUNG
14 March 2011
Taipei Times

Mandarin Airlines opened a new office in Taichung on Friday to expand services in central Taiwan, a move the Taiwanese airline hopes will help it increase its revenues by nearly 30 percent this year.

The company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Taiwans biggest -carrier China Airlines Ltd, will expand its operations in the city to meet growing demand for air travel there, chairman Chang Chia-juch said after unveiling the carriers new slogan, Taichung Is My Home.

Chang promised more flights connecting Taichung Airport to Japan, South Korea and the Philippines in the future and he also anticipated adding more destinations in China when Taiwan opens up to independent Chinese tourists.

The relaxing of restrictions, which would allow Chinese visitors to travel to Taiwan outside of tour groups is reportedly expected in the second or third quarter of this year.

In anticipation of the growth in cross-Taiwan Strait tourism, Mandarin Airlines has targeted revenues of NT$8.7 billion (US$290 million) this year, which would be 27 percent higher than the NT$6.9 billion it posted in sales last year.

If the carrier meets its target, it expects earnings to rise by NT$300 million, the companys general manager Ho Han-yeh said.
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Individual travel for Chinese tourists likely to be introduced by early July
8 April 2011
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The government is likely to lift the ban on visits by individual Chinese tourists by the start of July, Premier Wu Den-yih yesterday said, offering a further boost to increasing the cross-strait routes and flights of Taiwanese airlines.

Taiwans Tourism Bureau and Chinas Tourism Administration are expected to finish discussing the details in early June, Wu said.

The ban will be lifted no later than July 1, as both Taiwan and China want the change introduced as soon as possible, Wu told a media briefing after attending a business gathering yesterday afternoon.

The stocks of the nations two major airlines both rose to their daily limits, with China Airlines Ltd (CAL, ) closing at NT$18.15 (US$0.62), and EVA Airways Corp (EVA, ) closing at NT$24.65.

The two airlines have both supported the governments decision to lift the ban on visits by individual Chinese tourists.

EVA spokesman Nieh Kuo-wei said the company expected its cross-strait routes and flights to further increase as a result of the change.

CAL remained optimistic about the relaxation, but also expressed the hope that the Tourism Bureau would ease restrictions on such visitors during discussions with Chinas Tourism Administration, the companys public relations manager Jessica Pan said.

If too many restrictions are imposed on visits by individual Chinese tourists, fewer will want to come to Taiwan and that would limit benefits from the change, Pan said by telephone yesterday.

Currently, the passenger load factor on the two airlines cross-strait flights is about 80 percent.

We have not seen the number of passengers on cross-strait flights climb, as the relaxation has not yet been factored into the number of passengers, Nieh said.

However, Nieh still expected the companys revenues in the second quarter to be up from the first quarter on the back of stronger momentum in its cargo business.

The busy season for the airline sectors cargo business is usually the second quarter, while passenger business demand often recovers in the third quarter, Nieh said.

As for Japans massive earthquake, CAL and EVA both said the quake would have only a limited impact on their revenues.

Although EVA cancelled 55 flights to Japan, the impact on total revenue would be less than 10 percent, as the Japanese routes accounted for about 10 percent of its total revenue, Nieh said.

CAL also reduced its Taipei-Sapporo flights from seven to two per week starting from last Friday, though it had decided not to cancel any flights to Tokyo, Pan said.

But we have used smaller aircraft on the Taipei-Tokyo route to deal with flights with fewer passengers, helping the company save costs, Pan said.

Both CAL and EVA said the passenger load factor on their flights to Tokyo still stood at between 50 percent and 60 percent, thanks to continuing demand from business passengers.
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Far Eastern flies again after a two-year hiatus
Tue, Apr 19, 2011

Far Eastern Air Transport (FAT) resumed flight services yesterday after being grounded for two years because of financial problems.

The first flight leaving for Kinmen took off from Taipei International Airport (Songshan airport) at 9:30am.

FAT president Chang Kang-wei (張綱維) said at an inauguration ceremony that the airline would initially offer two daily flights between Taipei and Kaohsiung.

He said the company was planning to expand its flight services to Makong (馬公) and Kaohsiung and resume international flight services to Angkor Wat in Cambodia and to Palau.

Chang said the Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) was planning to re-arrange cross-straight flight services either next month or in June, and FAT would be able to reclaim the 15 cross-strait flights previously reserved for the company before its services were suspended.

Those 15 cross-strait flights are currently shared equally by five other carriers — China Airlines, EVA Air, Uni Air, Mandarin Airlines and TransAsia Airways.

“The day we launch cross-strait flight services is the day we become profitable,” Chang said.

The CAA suspended FAT’s operations in 2008 because of financial problems and the airline’s management has changed several times since then.

The company filed a financial restructuring plan with the Taipei District Court, which approved the company’s plan in 2009.

Chang said many had doubted that the company would be able to start operations again.

“The CAA used the highest standards to examine our plan to resume flights and we also demanded the highest standards of ourselves,” Chang said, adding that the company would undertake quality maintenance and provide new services.

Chang, a property developer who took over FAT in July 2009, said the airline was funded entirely by his personal investment.

He added that the number of the staff had also grown from 40 to 500 under his leadership.

The company owns 10 aircraft, three of which have passed the CAA’s air worthiness test.
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Cross-strait flight talks to begin today in Beijing
Taipei Times Staff Writer, with CNA

Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) Director-General Yin Chen-pong (尹承篷) is leading a Taiwanese delegation to a fifth round of cross-strait flight talks in Beijing, a CAA source said yesterday.

The talks, scheduled to begin today, will discuss whether and how non-stop cross-strait flights, launched at the end of 2008, should be expanded, the CAA official said.

Currently, there are 370 passenger flights between Taiwan and China each week. However, tour agents still complain that there are not enough flights, particularly for popular cities such as Beijing and Shanghai.

It is the first time that a CAA head will lead a delegation to the cross-strait talks, which have taken place twice a year since mid-2009, the official said.

The Taiwanese delegations to the last four meetings were led by the CAA deputy director, while the Chinese delegations were headed by the director of the Transportation Department under the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), the official said.

Yin is likely to meet with CAAC Director Li Jiaxiang (李家祥) during his stay in Beijing, the official said.

Two other issues involving transit flights and airworthiness certification are not expected to be tabled during the meeting, he said.

More than 5.5 million Chinese tourists visited Taiwan last year as part of tour groups. The figure is expected to top 6.5 million this year because Taiwan is expected to begin admitting independent Chinese tourists, probably at the end of next month.
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Taiwan to ask for more direct flights
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The main focus of the latest round of aviation talks between Taiwan and China that opened in Beijing yesterday will be to increase the number of direct flights across the Taiwan Strait to bring down fares, the Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) said.

The CAA said it hoped to increase the number of flights from the current 370 per week to 500, which would likely push fares down, especially to popular destinations such as Shanghai.

Minister of Transportation and Communications Mao Chi-kuo (毛治國) echoed the CAA’s hopes and told lawmakers that a short supply of cross-strait flights was the reason why fares had remained high.

He added that the major hurdle to expanding flights was overcrowded airports in popular destinations, such as Shanghai and Beijing.

The ministry said it was encouraging Taiwanese airlines to schedule late-night flights and develop routes to other destinations in China.

Mao said Taiwanese airlines could consider launching flights to destinations located near major Chinese cities, such as Wuxi in Jiangsu Province, near Shanghai.

Greater Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu (陳菊) also urged the central government to increase the number of direct flights between her city and China before Taiwan opens up to independent Chinese tourists.

Of the 370 flights between Taiwan and China, 27 connect Greater Kaohsiung and eight airports in Chinese cities.
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HK, Taiwan clear way for more flights
First such deal since the handover will help the city fend off mainland competition for travellers

24 May 2011
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Hong Kong and Taiwan are ready to sign a new civil aviation agreement that is expected to increase daily flights between the two places. It is the first deal between them since the handover in 1997.

The travel industry hopes the deal will help Hong Kong to see off competition from mainland cities and attract more Taiwanese visitors.

Cathay Pacific Airway's chief executive John Slosar said last week that the airline was interested in one or two more daily flights in addition to the current 108 round-trip flights.

The deal comes after protracted talks which have seen the two sides overcome long-standing political obstacles. The existing agreement, which regulates the routes and number of flights between Hong Kong and Taiwan, was first signed in 1996 when the city was a British colony. It has been extended eight times since.

Cross-strait ties have eased since Ma Ying-jeou became Taiwan's president in 2008, and Taiwanese travellers now enjoy more direct cross-strait flights. Hong Kong faces competition for mainlanders, with Taiwan receiving individual travellers from across the strait next month.

Hong Kong and Taiwan wanted to upgrade the old agreement, but political sensitivities limited official contact after the handover and negotiations started only last year.

A Taiwanese government official familiar with the negotiation said a new agreement would probably be signed "by the end of this month".

In the past, aviation agreements between the two were handled by commercial organisations: Cathay Pacific for Hong Kong and Taipei Airlines Association for Taiwan. This time it was done by the local Hong Kong-Taiwan Economic and Cultural Co-operation and Promotion Council (ECCPC) and its Taipei-based counterpart Taiwan-Hong Kong Economic and Cultural Co-operation Council (ECCC), two semi-official agencies established last year.

A Hong Kong person with knowledge of the negotiations said the city was following the model set out in cross-strait negotiations between the mainland and Taiwan: both sides were represented by government officials but the negotiation was held through semi-official agencies.

"Their transport ministry has an official holding the capacity as a director of the ECCC [Administrative Deputy Minister of Transport and Communications Kuo Tsai-wen] and our transport bureau also has an official [Permanent Secretary for Transport and Housing Francis Ho Suen-wai] sitting on the ECCPC. The deal will be signed using the names of the two councils, but in fact the two governmental bodies are the ones in charge," the person said.
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DIRECT FLIGHTS BETWEEN TAINAN, CHINA TO BEGIN SOON
20 May 2011
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TAIPEI, May 20 Asia Pulse - Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou announced Thursday that Tainan Airport in southern Taiwan will become the ninth in the country to accommodate direct flights to and from China, starting this summer.

The service will begin with charter flights, Ma said at a news conference held at the National University of Tainan to mark his third year in office.

The president said the initiative will help boost the number of Chinese tourists to Tainan, the fifth largest city in the country and one of its major cultural areas.

At the press conference, Ma also listed several current and future policies that he said will benefit southern Taiwan.

The government has invested or plans to invest a total of NT$744.7 billion (US$25.8 billion) in construction projects in southern Taiwan, the president said.

That includes an investment of NT$232.6 (US$8.06 billion) in projects such as an underground railway and creative cultural park in Tainan City, and a NT$263.2 billion (US$9.12 billion) project to make Kaohsiung an international multi-purpose port and a major industrial city, Ma said.

He estimated that the Kaohsiung project would generate 170,000 new jobs.

"I hope to revitalize the economy in the south and to push for the prosperous development of the entire region," the president said.

He also said that the government has invested NT$50 billion in reservoir management to stabilize water supply in the south.

He called for partnerships between the central and local governments as part of his administration's aim to achieve balanced regional development.
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