TransAsia Airways optimistic about Taoyuan-Tokyo occupancy
Central News Agency
2013-09-25 11:13 PM
Taipei, Sept. 25 (CNA) TransAsia Airways, one of Taiwan's smaller carriers, is optomistic about occupancy on its new route to Tokyo set to begin operating on Thursday, the company's general manager said Wednesday. Chooi Yee Choong said his company's first several roundtrip flights betwen Taiwan's Taoyuan International Airport and Narita Airport in Tokyo are already booked out. TransAsia will become the third carrier to operate the Taoyuan-Narita route, following China Airlines and EVA Airways, leaving some wondering whether it will be a challenge to fill out seats. Chooi, however, said that interest is rising, spurred by a weakning Japanese yen, and Tokyo is the favorite city of Taiwanese travelers to Japan. The carrier will operate one daily roundtrip flight between the destinations seviced by Airbus A321 jets, but Chooi hopes to switch to higher-capacity A330 jets in the short term. To attract travelers, the airline has cooperated with mobile messaging app WeChat to offer up to 100 free roundtrip tickets on the route. Users can enter the electronic raffle by following transasia_tw on WeChat before Oct. 8. Tokyo will be the ninth Japanese destination served by TransAsia. The route was planned under an extended open skies agreement between Taiwan and Japan that boosts the number of flights operated by Taiwanese carriers. Including the new Tokyo flights, TransAsia has introduced 10 new international routes this year. The company said, however, that it will suspend its Taoyuan-Singapore route in mid-October due to increased competition from low-cost airlines. (By Hsu Hsiang-hsin, Wang Shu-fen and Christie Chen)
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