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Taiwan's airline to boost flights to China

Taiwan's largest carrier China Airlines said Wednesday it would increase the number of flights to China by around 18 per cent before mid-July to meet rising demand.

TAIPEI: Taiwan's largest carrier China Airlines said Wednesday it would increase the number of flights to China by around 18 per cent before mid-July to meet rising demand.

The company said in a statement it would fly to four new destinations on the mainland -- making a total of 32 -- and add flights to three cities to increase its weekly flights to China to 152 from 129.

The airline said it hopes the additional flights would enable tourists from both sides to arrange their trips more conveniently and boost the tourism market.

China has replaced Japan as the biggest source of visitors to Taiwan after relations improved markedly between the former bitter rivals in recent years.

Last year a record 2.85 million Chinese nationals visited Taiwan, up ten per cent from 2012.

The number of tourists visiting Taiwan from the mainland has shot up ever since Taipei lifted a ban on Chinese group tourists in 2008 and allowed solo tourists in mid-2011.

However, Beijing still considers Taiwan part of its territory awaiting reunification, by force if necessary, even though the two sides have been governed separately since the end of a civil war in 1949.

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