Taiwan awards five airlines new China rights

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Taiwan's Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) has completed its allocation of new rights for air services to China, awarding the majority of them to China Airlines (CAL) and EVA Air.

The CAA says CAL has been awarded 14 of the 54 weekly round-trip passenger frequencies available to Taiwanese carriers under an expanded air services pact that was agreed last week. Subsidiary Mandarin Airlines has been awarded eight.

Rival EVA has been awarded 15 of the frequencies and subsidiary UNI Air has been awarded eight.

TransAsia Airways was allocated the nine remaining frequencies for passenger services. Within the allocation each of the five carriers is allowed to operate four round-trip services to Shanghai.

Of the 30 dedicated cargo frequencies now available, EVA and CAL have been awarded 15 each, says the CAA. The new rights will be available from the second half of December.

Regular non-stop passenger flights between China and Taiwan only began in July, when six airlines from China and five from Taiwan were awarded rights to operate a combined total of 36 non-stop passenger services between Fridays and Mondays.

Last week an expanded deal was agreed to allow for a combined total of 108 weekly flights, which can be operated any day of the week.

The expanded agreement also allows for a total of 60 cargo flights per week and increases to 21 from five the number of Chinese cities that can be served. Flights are allowed to eight Taiwanese airports.