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Mainland holiday flights on sale Fri.

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Tickets sales for extra flights between Taiwan and China scheduled during Chinese New Year will be launched this Friday morning, the Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) announced yesterday.

CAA said that the peak travel time for the upcoming Chinese New Year will fall between Jan. 17, 2014 and Feb. 14, 2014, and Taiwanese and Chinese airlines have scheduled 445 additional flights during that period.

According to the CAA, Taiwanese airlines will schedule 70 flights to Shanghai Pudong International Airport, two flights to Beijing City, nine flights to Guangzhou, four flights to Shenzhen, two flights to Hangzhou, and 37 flights to other destinations.

As for Chinese airlines, the CAA said there will be 104 flights to Shanghai Pudong International Airport, seven flights to Beijing, 10 flights to Guangzhou, 10 flights to Shenzhen, 44 flights to Hangzhou, and 146 flights to other airports in the mainland.

According to the CAA, the administration demanded that Taiwanese airlines provide discounts on fares for these additional flights as had been done in past years.

The CAA said that Taiwan's airlines have to cooperate with an administration policy to keep fares below NT$15,000 for flights to Shanghai and NT$17,000 for flights to Beijing.

According to the CAA, tickets will be available only on airline websites starting on Friday morning, so purchases through travel agencies, which typically charge extra fees, should not be necessary.

THSR Launching New Discount

Taiwan High Speed Rail (THSR) yesterday announced a new discount promotion that could save passengers up to NT$270 on roundtrip tickets between Taipei and Kaohsiung.

According to THSR, starting from March 13, passengers who purchase train tickets with assigned seating on trains scheduled to travel during off-peak hours between Monday and Thursday can receive 8 percent off standard rates.

THSR was reportedly to announce the new promotion next week, but the firm decided to break the news to the public yesterday.

According to THSR, off-peak hours include trains that are scheduled to depart from 9 a.m. to 11:36 a.m. as well as those departing after 8 p.m.

THSR said that passengers can reserve these discounted tickets starting from Feb. 14.

According to THSR, this special promotion provides more choices for passengers who do not book early-bird discount tickets, which require reservation at least eight days prior to travel in order to receive 35 percent, 20 percent or 10 percent off normal fares.

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