The number of two-way cross-Taiwan Strait flights is expected to triple to around 340 per week in the second half of this year according to a government official.
Oliver F. L. Yu, vice minister of transportation and communications, said Taiwan and and the Mainland are negotiating to upgrade the current daily charter flight service to regularly scheduled commercial flights, hopefully from July this year.
At that time, the number of weekly cross-straits flights could be increased to 340, more than triple the current number of 108, he estimated. However, the actual number of flights will depend on the outcome of the bilateral talks, he added.
Taiwan News reported that Yu made the remarks while reporting on the prospects of cross-strait and domestic air travel development.
Thanks to the establishment of non-stop cross-strait charter flights in July last year, the number of Mainland tourist arrivals to Taiwan reached 1,200 per day during the first two weeks of this month, Yu said.
Taiwan-based aviation companies had an average passenger load factor of 86.8% during the two-week period — an indication that demand is strong.