China Airlines is offering cut prices for flights across the Taiwan Strait. It said the cut was based on the company’s steadily improving operational performance following the 2008 economic downturn.
Spokesman Hamilton Liu acknowledged that cross-strait flights have played a major role in generating profits.
At present, China Airlines has 61 roundtrip flights to 14 destinations on the mainland every week.
The price cut comes amid public complaints that prices for direct cross-strait flights are excessively high.
As demand for such flights still greatly exceeds supply, both carriers and the travel industry have said the best solution would be to allow more flights.
Taipei Times reported Spicer Lee, a spokesman for the Taipei Association of Travel Agents, as saying, "We’re limited to 370 flights a week, and you cannot expect fares to be competitive in that case."
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