Get the app

Ma sets timetable for cross-strait air travel

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Kuomintang presidential candidate Ma Ying-jeou yesterday set a timetable for regular cross-strait flights that he would implement if elected.

Ma said weekend charter flights would be introduced by July 1, with daily charter flights between China and Taiwan to be available by the end of this year.

The goal is to open regular cross-strait direct flights by June 2009, he said.

Ma unveiled his cross-strait flight agenda while talking with representatives from Taiwan's high-tech industry and venture capital sector.

He said he would start the negotiations with China over the direct flight issue as soon as taking office on May 20.

He added he would designate airports in Taoyuan, Taipei, Taichung, Kaohsiung, Hualien, Taitung, and Penghu as terminals for cross-strait flights.

He would also open seaports in Keelung, Taipei, Taichung, Kaohsiung, Hualien, Chiayi, and Tainan to direct shipping across the strait.

He would also lift all restrictions limiting the scope of the so-called "mini three links" between the Taiwan-controlled islands along the mainland coasts and coastal Chinese cities.

The opening of the direct cross-strait flights and transport links is meant to boost Taiwan's tourism. The arrival of more Chinese tourists would help create more opportunities in Taiwan and reduce the local unemployment.

Ma said he would also open Taiwan to Chinese tourists, with an initial daily quota of 3,000 people. The quota would be increased to 5,000 people the second year, 7,000 in the third, and 10,000 in the fourth.

According to Ma's plan, at the initial stages, Chinese tourists would total 1 million people each year, rising eventually to 3 million.

A total of 40,000 job openings would be created in the first year as a result of the arrival of Chinese tourists, and 100,000 more in the next three years.

You may also like...
A blogger in Vietnam will spend 10 years in jail for comments about a Taiwan-owned factory's chemical spill
Ko Wen-je told China straight-up that Tsai Ing-wen will be called president, not leader
LATEST: Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo dies, Chinese government says
As it happened: 1 dead, 2 critical, 13 more injured in gas explosions
Updated with video: Riders are leaving their oBikes everywhere and some government officials won't take it anymore
Taipei's Omni has become the first nightclub to win the very top Red Dot award
LATEST: China 'has gotten an apology' after the White House confused the PRC and ROC
Getting divorced in Taiwan? From custody to child support, this is what you need to know
The plot thickens: 'Selfie-taking' woman who fell to her death had a husband who fell to his death
There's a holdup on visa-free entry to Taiwan for Filipinos
Advertise  |   RSS Feed  |   About Us  |   Contact Us
Home  |   Taiwan  |   China  |   Business  |   Asia  |   World  |   Sports  |   Life  |  
Arts & Leisure  |   Health  |   Editorial  |   Commentary Travel  |   Movies  |   Guide Post  |   Terms of Use  |  
  chinapost search