EVA Airways launches flights between Taipei and Naha
June 18, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo
EVA Airways, a leading airline based in Taiwan, launched flights between Taipei and Naha for the first time on June 17. It is the fourth company to operate flights on the route, following China Airlines, TransAsia Airways and LCC airline Peach Aviation. EVA Airways uses Airbus A321-200 with 184-seat Airbus.
The first flight from Taipei to Naha was fully booked. The company is aiming for a 95 percent boarding rate in the summer high season. During the summer vacation season, the company plans to increase flights to two round-trips per day from the current one round trip per day.
On the same day, the Okinawa Convention & Visitors Bureau (OCVB) and Okinawa Prefectural Government held a welcome ceremony at the international passenger terminal building of Naha Airport. Okinawa Governor Hirokazu Nakaima, Yoshiyuki Uehara, the president of the OCVB and Su Chii-cherng, head of Naha Branch of Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in Japan and others attended.
Governor Nakaima said in his greeting, “We welcome EVA Airways to begin its service. This will help encourage further people-to-people exchanges between Okinawa and Taiwan. We expect more Taiwanese tourists to visit Okinawa.”
Vice president of EVA Airways Glenn Chai said, “The Naha-Taipai line, which is our shortest route, is the 11th route of our company in Japan. We expect this route to become the most popular destination.”
(English translation by T&CT)
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