Closure of TransAsia Airways to impact domestic air travel

Air travel to some outlying areas in Taiwan is likely to become less convenient following the closure of TransAsia Airways due to the company’s deteriorating financial situation.

TransAsia, one of four major domestic air carriers in Taiwan, announced on Tuesday the termination of all flights with immediate effect, after an extraordinary board meeting passed a resolution to dissolve the company.

Before that, the airline had operated flights to the eastern county of Hualien and the offshore islands of Penghu and Kinmen.

According to statistics compiled by Kinmen Airport, 10 percent of flights between Kinmen and Taipei and 20 percent of those between Kinmen and Kaohsiung were run by TransAsia. It was also the only airline that flew between Kinmen and Penghu.

TransAsia’s withdrawal from the aviation market means that there will be no more flight services between Kinmen and Penghu for the foreseeable future.

Meanwhile, Penghu County government said because TransAsia is a major airline providing services between Penghu-Taipei and Penghu-Kaohsiung, its closure will inevitably affect air travel to and from the island.

Both Kinmen and Penghu county governments urged the Civil Aeronautics Administration to help coordinate with the remaining three domestic airlines to increase flights and fill the gap left by TransAsia.

Hualien Magistrate Fu Kun-chi (傅崐萁) said he hoped Mandarin Airlines, another carrier that operates flights to Hualien, will expand the service it provides to ensure residents of eastern Taiwan do not see their travel options limited.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel

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