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Chinese budget airline plans more direct flights to Taiwan

TAIPEI -- Chinese budget carrier Spring Airlines is planning to offer a direct service between Shanghai in China and Hualien in eastern Taiwan, its Taiwan branch manager said Wednesday.

Wang Shu-yu said the airline hopes to obtain the support of the Hualien County government to operate direct charter flights between Hualien Airport and Pudong Airport in Shanghai.

Wang made the remarks while paying a call on Hualien County Magistrate Fu Kun-chi.

In response, Fu said he welcomed the plan and suggested that Spring Airlines offer package tours that would include visits to the county's top attractions.

Tours of five to seven days could incorporate visits to places like Taroko Gorge, considered one of the most breathtaking sites in Taiwan, and Chihsingtan Beach, he said.

Such a direct air service would generate more tourism revenue for Hualien, Fu said.

Spring Airlines currently operates direct flights between Shanghai and Taiwan's two main international airports in Taoyuan and Kaohsiung.

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