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Merger of Japanese low-cost carriers to affect Taiwan-Japan travel

2018/12/18 19:01:32

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Taipei, Dec. 18 (CNA) A merger between All Nippon Airways low-cost subsidiaries Peach Aviation and Vanilla Air will affect Taiwan-Japan travel from next May as Peach took over Vanilla-operated routes, the two budget airlines said Monday.

With Peach designated as the basis of the integrated airline, several Vanilla services between Taiwan and Japan will cease operation before being transferred to Peach from next summer.

There will be a gap between the termination of Vanilla flights and the start of corresponding Peach flights on the Taoyuan-Osaka, Taoyuan-Okinawa, Taoyuan-Tokyo, Taoyuan-Fukuoka and Kaohsiung-Tokyo routes, according to Vanilla.

Vanilla's daily Taoyuan-Osaka flights will end May 7 and be resumed by Peach June 29, while daily Taoyuan-Okinawa services will terminate May 31 and start again June 28.

Its daily service on the Kaohsiung-Tokyo route will end Sept. 30 and resume Oct. 27.

The three Taoyuan-Tokyo flights per day and daily flights on the Taoyuan-Fukuoka route will both end Oct. 26 and resume Oct. 27.

Peach CEO Shinichi Inoue said the airline will also increase services on some existing routes between Taiwan and Japan during the summer schedule March 31-Oct. 26.

Peach flights from Taoyuan to Sapporo, Sendai and Osaka will increase from next April, and flights to Okinawa will increase from June, Inoue said.

Beyond 2020, Peach plans to have more than 50 aircraft, up from the current 35, to enter the mid-haul budget market to aggressively exploit the growing travel demand in Asia, according to ANA.

(By Lee Hsin-Yin)