Government negotiators have agreed to increase the number of airline seats between Taiwan and Vietnam by 50%.

The move is welcome news for China Airlines (CAL) and EVA Air, which have enjoyed load factors exceeding 90% on daily flights from Taipei to HoChi Minh City.

The two Taiwan carriers offer a combined 4,010 seats per week. Now, 800 seats will be added in October, with an additional 1,200 seats in October, 2001.

EVA, which operates a Boeing 767-300 on the Taipei-Ho Chi Minh City route, has not decided if it will increase frequencies or aircraft size. EVA is also considering launching flights from Taipei to Hanoi. Vietnam Airlines and Vietnam Pacific Airlines will gain reciprocal rights.

Source: Flight International