China Airlines to resume direct flights to London by year-end

China Airlines (CAL), Taiwan's largest air carrier, said Thursday it will resume direct flight services between Taoyuan and London by the end of 2016 after years of suspension.

The service is expected to benefit passengers from not only Taiwan but also Australia and New Zealand, said CAL Chairman Ho Nuan-hsuan (???).

The route has been restored because the final destination of 55 percent of Australian and New Zealand passengers flying to Europe is the United Kingdom, Ho said.

CAL first flew to London in March 2010, but halted the service in March 2012.

"The delivery of our first A350 in September will facilitate our market expansion in Europe," Ho said, adding that the wide-body aircraft could improve transport capacity there.

CAL, the first carrier in Taiwan to include the A350 in its fleet, has ordered 14 of that model and is expected to take delivery of another three by the end of the year.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel