China Airlines, the largest airlines operating in Taiwan expects the country to become one of the prominent transit hubs for Chinese travelers. The airline is hopeful in the wake of an impending negotiation between Taiwanese and Chinese government officials slated for the second half of this year.
The airline operates flights to several Chinese destinations including Beijing, Chengdu, Changsha, Dalian, Fuzhou, and Haikou. Large numbers of Chinese travelers fly with the airline to cities within and outside of China. Hence, it is hopeful that the country will serve as a popular connecting hub for these travelers for their inbound journey to their native country as well as to outbound cities across the globe. Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, which is interestingly is also the hub for the airline, receives maximum passengers from its neighbor throughout the year.
China is one of its focus countries and it is keen to expand its network in that country. Hence, it has decided to launch new flights to the country’s second-tier, and third-tier cities. Beginning May 2014 it is set to fly to Changchun in Jilin Province, Yantai in Shandong Province, Hefei in Anhui Province, and Jiangsu Province. It however, believes that adding more services on first-tier cities is more profitable. In fact, most passengers flying to the country are bound to fly to these first-tier cities.
Established in the year 1959, China airline currently flies to about 112 destinations worldwide. Its fleet of 76 aircrafts consists of planes from both Airbus as well as Boeing series. Kaohsiung International Airport is another hub for the airline while Hong Kong International Airport, Singapore Changi Airport, Kansai International Airport in Osaka, and Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok are its focus cities.