China, Taiwan allow scheduled flights

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China and Taiwan have further liberalised air services between the two sides allowing for the introduction of scheduled services and for more cargo and passenger flights.

Chinese state-run news media says representatives from the two sides have signed an agreement allowing for scheduled services in addition to the current regime of chartered flights.

Taipei Taoyuan airport and Kaohsiung airport are the two Taiwanese airports permitted to have scheduled flights, it says.

The statements fail to mention which mainland cities will cater to the scheduled flights.

But currently 21 cities in China are permitted to have Taiwan flights and this is set to increase to 27 with the addition of Hefei, Harbin, Nanchang, Guiyang, Ningbo and Jinan, it says.

The reports also say the number of passenger flights each week will increase to 270 from 108 and the number of cargo flights will rise to 28 per week. On a monthly basis the number of cargo flights increases to 112 from 60.

The increase in air traffic across the Taiwan Strait means the two sides have agreed to establish a more direct air route between Guangzhou and Taipei and open a new northern air route, adds the reports.