China Airlines to increase international flights in third quarter

06/14/2022 06:43 PM
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File photo courtesy of China Airlines
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Taipei, June 14 (CNA) One of Taiwan's major carriers, China Airlines (CAL), said Tuesday that it will start offering more international flights in July, in anticipation of growing demand for air travel in a post-COVID-19 world.

Noting that many countries have begun easing their COVID-19 border regulations, CAL said it will gradually increase its passenger flights in the third quarter of the year, with the aim of reaching 150 flights per week, which would be a 40 percent jump.

Starting in July, CAL said, it will operate a daily flight on the its mainstay route between Songshan Airport in Taipei (TSA) and Haneda in Tokyo, using its Airbus A321neo aircraft.

In addition, the carrier said, it will schedule more flights to other Japan destinations, including Narita Airport in Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, and Fukuoka.

In a press release, CAL said it will also fly daily to Seoul in South Korea, starting in August.

As demand for air travel is expected to grow in the coming months, CAL said, it will expand its flight services to Thailand, the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, Cambodia, Myanmar, Hong Kong, China, the United States, Canada, Germany, Netherlands, the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Australia.

CAL, one Taiwan's major international airlines, had suspended service on multiple routes due to the COVID-19 pandemic and was forced last year to cancel several flights after a number of its pilots contracted the disease.

(By Wang Shu-feng and Shih Hsiu-chuan)

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