Seoul, April 27 (CNA) Direct flights between Taipei International Airport and Seoul's Gimpo International Airport, expected to significantly reduce travel between the two cities, will be launched April 30.
Two Seoul-based discount carriers, T'way Airlines and Eastar Jet, and Taiwan's two major airlines, China Airlines and Eva Airways, will offer a total of 14 round-trip flights per week, seven for the carriers of each country, said Lu Ze-yen, general manager of Sepung International Service, a Seoul-based travel agency.
China Airlines will launch the first flight from Taipei to Gimpo International, while the first Seoul-Taipei flight will be offered by T'way Airlines, Lu said.
The services are expected to cut door-to-door travel time because of the proximity of the airports to the cities they serve.
Gimpo International is about 35 kilometers closer to downtown Seoul than main gateway Incheon International Airport, and Taipei International, also known as Songshan Airport, is within city limits while Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport is about 40 km southwest of Taipei.
The flights will cap efforts by the Ma administration to link Taipei International to the city airports of Shanghai, Tokyo and Seoul.
Service between the Taipei airport and Shanghai's Hongqiao Airport was launched in June 2010, and flights between the Taipei airport and Tokyo's Haneda Airport began in October 2010.
(By Chiang Yuan-chen and Scully Hsiao)