[photopress:evaair1.jpg,full,alignright]Eva Airways, Taiwan’s second-largest carrier, plans to increase direct flights to the mainland and seeks to work with Chinese airlines as cross-Straits business ties improve.
Eva spokesman Nieh Kuo-wei said, ‘We will definitely want to partner other airlines, and everyone agrees there are not enough direct flights.’
Eva said it will initially have seven direct flights to the mainland each week, from both Taoyuan International Airport and Taipei’s Songshan domestic airport, but will not trim the number of flights to Hong Kong.
Eva has signed an agreement with China Eastern Airlines to collaborate on ticket issues and luggage handling. China Eastern also wants to fly direct to Taiwan.
[photopress:evaair2.jpg,full,alignleft]Cao Jianxiong, China Eastern’s general manager, said, ‘We may lose money in the beginning for some direct flights, but we’re not looking at this development just from a business standpoint.’
Other mainland airlines assigned by regulators to fly direct to Taiwan include China Southern Airlines, Air China, Hainan Airlines and Xiamen Airlines.