No limit on cross-strait flights during lunar new year holiday

There will be no limits on the total number of flights between Taiwan and China during the Jan. 14-Feb. 11 period, encompassing the upcoming lunar new year holiday, the Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) said Tuesday.

However, the ceiling on the total number of flights for “busy airports” will be set at 260 during the nearly month-long period, the CAA said while announcing the results of its negotiations with Chinese officials on cross-Taiwan Strait air traffic, which is expected to reach a peak as many Taiwanese living in China return home for family reunions.

The 2017 lunar New Year’s Day falls on Jan. 28. In Taiwan, people will have six days off from Jan. 27 to Feb. 1.

The busy airports refer to Shanghai’s Pudong Airport, where cross- strait flights are topped at 173, Beijing (7), Guangzhou (14), Shenzhen (22), and Hangzhou (44) during that time, the CAA noted.

Airlines planning to increase flights during the period can file applications now, and permission will be issued by Dec. 14, so that their passengers can book seats in advance, said the CAA.

It said Taipei Songshan Airport and Shanghai Hongqiao Airport will not allow non-scheduled flights during the new year holiday, and air service providers will have to use Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport if they want to offer chartered services.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel

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