China Airlines launches new Taiwan-South Korea route

SEOUL, South Korea - China Airlines (CAL), Taiwan's largest carrier, will launch direct flights between Taoyuan and Busan, South Korea in September, a move that aims to boost tourist traffic between

China Airlines launches new Taiwan-South Korea route

SEOUL, South Korea – China Airlines (CAL), Taiwan’s largest carrier, will launch direct flights between Taoyuan and Busan, South Korea in September, a move that aims to boost tourist traffic between the two countries, the airline announced Wednesday.

CAL will operate one flight each direction on every day except for Friday, all served by Boeing 737-800 aircraft, airline executive John Chang said.

At just over two hours, direct flights will cut down on time and hassle for passengers between South Korea’s southern areas and Taiwan by removing the need to transfer in Seoul, some 300 kilometers in the other direction.

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The new flights will bring the airline’s total Taiwan-South Korea flights to 27 per week, including 11 flights between Taoyuan and Incheon, seven between Kaohsiung and Incheon, and three between Taipei Songshan Airport and Gimpo, Chang said.

CAL currently also partners with Korean Air for 14 jointly operated flights between Taoyuan and Incheon every week.

CAL Chairman Sun Hung-hsiang plans to visit Busan on Aug. 11, where he will meet with the city’s mayor and South Korean tourism officials, Chang said.

Busan is South Korea’s second largest city and is known for its annual international film and music festivals.

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