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Asiana, Air Busan and Eastar Jet expand Taiwan links

Asiana Airlines, Air Busan and Eastar Jet will add a number of flights from Seoul Incheon to destinations in Taiwan over the coming weeks.

Cirium’s schedules data shows that the three airlines will begin flying to Kaohsiung, joining China Airlines, EVA Air, Jeju Air, and T’way Air.

Asiana began a daily service with an Airbus A321 in September, and the carrier says it will switch to using an A320 from 24 November, until the service ends on 28 March.

Air Busan will also fly four times weekly on the route with an A321 until March. Eastar Jet offers the same frequency but with a Boeing 737-800, and its service is scheduled to continues beyond March 2020.

Eastar will also be the first carrier to operate the Incheon-Hualien route when it starts operating thrice-weekly this month. The service continues beyond March 2020 and is flown on a 737-800.

The increased popularity of other Taiwanese cities has not taken away capacity from Taipei.

Cirium’s schedules data shows that the number of Incheon-Taipei flights for the whole of 2019 will remain unchanged from last year at around 5,200, with seat capacity rising slightly by 4%.

On the other hand, capacity on the Incheon-Kaohsiung route will increase by about 22% this year, both in terms of seat capacity and the number of flights.

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