Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Taiwan, China carriers introduce sales amidst falling cross-strait travel
Taipei, June 12 (CNA) As tourism between Taiwan and China continues to shrink, Taiwanese airline companies are turning their focus on Northeast Asia, offering 30 percent reductions compared with last summer.
Summer visitors to Tokyo can obtain round trip airfares of NT$ 4,988 (US$ 154) to NT$ 8,282 from Taiwan this year, compared to the summertime specials of NT$ 15,000 to NT$ 18,000 last years.
Civil Aeronautics Administration statistics show a 30 percent boost in the number of flights from Taiwan to Northeast Asia up until now this summer, compared to the very same period in 2014, and a 40 percent increase to Japan alone.
Taiwan's flagship provider China Airlines (CAL) has enhanced its weekly flights in between Taipei and Seoul in South Korea from 70 last summer season to 106 this summer season.
In their efforts to fight the falling tourism in between China and Taiwan, China's three significant state-run airline companies are likewise dropping their fares but are preserving their focus on Taiwanese travelers.
China Southern Airlines Co. is offering round-trip tickets for as low as NT$ 4,500 for flights in between Taiwan and Shanghai, Shenzhen, Nanning, and Zhangjiajie, up until Sept. 25 for travel July 1 to Sept. 30.
The airline is likewise promoting low fares from Taiwan to New Zealand and Australia via Guangzhou, offering rates as low as NT$ 9,000. On its routes between Taiwan and Europe, the carrier is offering round trip tickets at NT$ 10,000, while it is offering fares of NT$ 12,000 on its United States and Canada routes.
China Eastern Airlines Corp., at the same time, has actually launched a summer season sale with fares as low as NT$ 3,888 for travel in between Taiwan and Shanghai in the duration June 9 to July 30.
Likewise, on the Taiwan-Shanghai route, travelers can obtain summer specials of NT$ 5,000 from Air China Ltd. for travel in the period July 1 to Sept. 30, which is a 40 percent discount rate compared with current years.
Senior executives at several Taiwanese airlines have actually slammed the cut-throat competitors, stating the discount rates being provided by the Chinese providers are not likely to increase traveler load by more than 10 percent and may lead to considerable earnings losses.
However, CAL has actually signed up with the competitors, offering a round-trip fare of NT$ 4,988 between Taipei and Shanghai from now till completion of September, for a travel period that extends to Dec. 30.