Mandarin Airlines to offer regular flights between Naha, Gaoxiong from October
August 22, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo
Mandarin Airlines submitted an application to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism to offer Naha-Gaoxiong flights regularly from October 26, 2014. China Airlines, a parent company of Mandarin Airlines, also decided to offer a Naha-Taipei flight twice a day due to an anticipated increase in tourist demand from Taiwan during the winter period, until March 28, 2015 from October 26, 2014.
Mandarin Airlines will use Embraer 190 with 104 seats for its Naha-Gaoxiong charter flights, five times a week. However, the flights will be reduced to four flights a week during the winter period. China Airlines offers 11 flights a week during the winter period. According to the China Airlines Okinawa branch, the Naha-Gaoxiong and Naha-Taichung routes are now running at 70 percent capacity. The Taipei line is expected to be about 80 percent capacity.
Sophie Teng, the manager of the China Airlines Okinawa branch, said, “We decided to offer flights from the southern part of Taiwan regularly due to high tourist demand in Taiwan. To fully leverage the new service, we hope people from Okinawa will visit Taiwan as well.”
(English translation by T&CT and Hitomi Shinzato)
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