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428 additional cross-strait flights to run during Chinese New Year

BEIJING, China -- The Chinese civil aviation authorities have decided that they will initially allow an additional 428 flights between China and Taiwan during the upcoming Spring Festival holiday, a spokeswoman for China's Taiwan Affairs Office said Wednesday.

The planned cross-strait flights will cover 24 Chinese destinations, Fan Liqing said at a regular press conference in Beijing.

Among the 428 extra Spring Festival flights, 243 will serve the more popular Chinese destinations such as Pudong in Shanghai, Beijing, Hangzhou and Shenzhen, she noted.

In addition, she went on, the Chinese civil aviation authorities will continue to review and approve new applications by carriers to run even more Spring Festival flights to help ease the normally heavy cross-strait traffic during the holiday, the biggest in Chinese society.

Fan also said that after the Spring Festival, the number of regular cross-strait flights will increase from the current 670 flights per week to 828, with each side getting a further 79.

The Spring Festival, also called Lunar New Year, falls on Jan. 31. The holiday period in China will run between Jan. 31 and Feb. 6, while in Taiwan it will start Jan. 30 and end Feb. 4.

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