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CAL resumes direct Taipei-London service

2017/12/01 10:45:39

Taipei, Dec. 1 (CNA) Taiwan's flagship carrier China Airlines (CAL) resumed direct flights between Taipei and London on Friday after a hiatus of more than five years.

The carrier is now flying every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport to Gatwick Airport, using its newest plane, the Airbus A350-900 XWB.

CAL opened direct flights between Taipei and London Heathrow Airport in March 2010, but suspended the service two years later due to unsatisfactory passenger load.

The first direct London-bound flight in five years departed Friday morning with a near-full load of passengers, CAL said, adding that flights on the route are over 80-percent booked on average until January 2018.

The airline plans to increase the flights to one every day in the future, according to CAL President Hsieh Su-Chien (謝世謙).

Direct flights between Taipei and London take about 13 hours, three to seven hours shorter than flights that make transit stops.

(By Wang Shu-fen and Y.F. Low)