Airline scoops two more routes to Taiwan

Local | Leung Pak-hei 23 Jul 2021

HK Express will launch new flights to Taipei and Kaohsiung in Taiwan starting next month.

That makes three Taiwanese cities that the carrier will serve once the new services commence, with Taichung being the only strait destination catered to by the airliner at present.

But visiting the island for tourism is still out as Taiwan’s level three epidemic alert is still in force until Monday.

Under current regulations, Hong Kong residents without Taiwan residential certificates would be denied entry except for emergency or humanitarian reasons.

Flights to Taipei will be available Mondays and Saturdays, departing at 3.55pm and arriving at 5.55pm, while those to Kaohsiung would depart at 10.50am and arrive at 12.20pm Thursdays and Sundays.

“We are always looking for new ways to make travel more affordable and accessible. We will continue to offer more convenient and affordable travel experiences for our customers and remain committed to putting health and safety first,” said chief executive Mandy Ng Kit-man.

HK Express has been seriously affected by the pandemic; they were forced to suspend all flights from last March 23 to August 2.

The pandemic has also hit air traffic generally, with the Hong Kong Airport Authority stating in its latest annual report ending March that passenger volume and flight movements plunged 98.6 and 66.2 percent to 800,000 and 127,760.

Passenger numbers rose last month to 83,000, a 40 percent year-on-year rise. Cargo volume also increased by 11.5 percent, reaching 399,000 tonnes.

The pandemic situation in Taiwan has shown signs of improvement after the recent massive outbreak.

The Taiwan Centers of Disease Control reported 33 new cases on July 22, with 30 being domestic cases and the other three being imported ones. It also announced five deaths the same day.

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