China and Taiwan allow more cross-strait flights

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China and Taiwan have agreed to add 100 additional non-stop passenger flights and 20 additional cargo flights a week.

The extra flights will bring the total number of non-stop passenger and cargo flights between the two sides to 370 and 48 respectively, says Taiwan's Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA).

Scheduled non-stop flights between the two sides began last August for the first time in 60 years, following an agreement signed last April.

Of the 100 additional weekly passenger flights, 28 will operate on the Taipei Songshan-Shanghai Hongqiao route, says the CAA. Flights will begin on the route from 14 June, it adds.

China and Taiwan are allowed to designate two to three carriers each to operate on the route, says the CAA.

The remaining additional flight capacity will be allocated to cities like Beijing, Shenzhen, Xiamen and Fuzhou, it adds.

Cargo flights between the two countries will also increase to 48 flights weekly from 28 currently. Taiwanese carriers will be able to operate cargo services to Nanjing, Xiamen, Fuzhou and Chongqing, while flights to Shanghai and Guangzhou will increase, says the CAA.

Both countries have also agreed to allow their carriers to codeshare on flights, it adds.