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Kaohsiung airport could serve as budget carrier base
Central News Agency
2014-02-26 09:18 PM
Kaohsiung, Feb. 26 (CNA) The director-general of the Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) said Wednesday that she will try to persuade two Taiwanese budget carriers to base themselves at Kaohsiung International Airport in southern Taiwan. Speaking during a seminar following an inspection tour of the airport, Jean Shen was responding to hopes spelled out by opposition Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Lee Kun-tse, local tourism officials and tourism business operators in Kaohsiung that the airport can be developed into a base for low-cost airlines. She also promised to allocate NT$15 million (US$495,000) of CAA funding next year for comprehensive development projects at the airport. Kaohsiung Tourism Bureau Director Hsu Chuan-sheng said there have been many successful cases overseas in which budget carriers have helped city development. He added that an increase in the number of cross-Taiwan Strait flights serving Kaohsiung, along with budget airlines basing themselves at the airport, would help narrow the development gap between the largest city in southern Taiwan and the capital Taipei in the north. In December 2013, China Airlines, Taiwan's biggest carrier, announced that it will set up a low-cost airline in cooperation with Singapore's Tigerair, nearly one month after TransAsia Airways received approval to establish Taiwan's first budget airline. (By Cheng Che-fon and Elizabeth Hsu)
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