Taipei, Oct. 11 (CNA) Taiwan’s flagship carrier China Airlines (CAL) said Tuesday it will implement a 50 percent increase in international flights by the end of October as the travel market heats up ahead of the lifting of COVID-19 border controls.
The airline said it plans to run more than 300 round-trip passenger flights per week by the end of the month, with northeast Asia seeing the most significant surge in flight numbers.
According to CAL, flight services in the region will rise from 30 to 130 per week amid pent-up travel demand to Japan and South Korea.
From Oct. 13, Taiwan will allow entry for visitors from countries with which Taiwan does not have a visa-waiver agreement and end the quarantine requirements, essentially lifting border controls, with a weekly cap on the number of inbound visitors set at 150,000.
CAL said it had already increased round-trip flights on its Taoyuan-Tokyo (Narita), Taoyuan-Osaka and Taoyuan-Seoul (Incheon) routes from one per day to two.
In addition, Taipei (Songshan) to Seoul (Gimpo) flights have also resumed, with CAL operating three per week, according to the carrier.
CAL said it plans to add more flights in the region from December, resuming its daily Kaohsiung-Tokyo (Narita) flight and increasing Taoyuan-Sapporo flights from two to seven per week.
(By Wang Shu-fen and Lee Hsin-Yin)
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