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Taiwan air service revenue rises steeply: CAA

2018/03/07 23:22:09

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Taipei, March 7 (CNA) Taiwan's revenue from air navigation service fees paid by foreign carriers increased last year by double-digit figures, the Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) said Wednesday.

It said that in 2017, Taiwan collected some NT$2.05 billion (US$69 million) from airlines passing through its Flight Information Region (FIR), an annual increase of 13 percent.

Taiwan charges NT$10,000 for each flight crossing its FIR, the CAA said, adding that the growing number of budget carriers in Asia had contributed to the increased air traffic.

"Taiwan is in a great location that can reach any major Asia-Pacific city in 2.55 hours," CAA head Lin Kuo-shian (林國顯) said.

He said some 66 million passengers on 1.66 million aircraft passed through Taiwan's FIR last year.

Taiwan's aviation industry is seeing robust growth, particularly in its service to the Southeast Asian market where weekly flights from Taiwan had reached 602 as of the end of last year, Lin said.

The growing interest of foreign carriers to resume services in Taiwan also reflects optimism in the country's aviation market, Lin said.

For instance, Air France is returning to Taiwan in April after a suspension of 20 years, offering three flights per week between Taoyuan and Paris, while Air New Zealand will operate five direct flights per week between Taoyuan and Auckland, starting in November, after a break of 13 years, he said.

(By Lee Hsin-Yin)