China considers opening further six airports to Taiwan charter flights

4 May 2007

Beijing, China, 4 May – the Chinese authorities are considering opening six more airports to charter flights from Taiwan in order to meet demand from a growing number of passengers, the vice director of China’s Civil Aviation Administration, Gao HongFeng said in Beijing Friday.

Currently China carries out flights from Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Xiamen to Taipei and Kaosiung in Taiwan, and the new airports are expected to be Chengdu, Hangzhou, Nanjing, Shenzhen, Dalian and Guilin.

Gao said that the airports of another seven cities – Tianjin, Fuzhou, Chongqing, Zhuhai, Shenyang, Qingdao and Guiyang – will be designated as airports for emergency landings.

The first direct flights between Taiwan and China took place in the Chinese New Year in 2005 and both sides agreed to increase the service to other traditional festivals, but as yet there are no direct regular flights.

Flight between Taiwan and China are currently carried out via Macau and Hong Kong on aircraft that change only their flight numbers to continue on their routes. (macauhub)