Taiwan, Russia ink long-awaited air services pact
CNATAIPEI -- After two decades of negotiations, Taiwan and Russia signed an aviation agreement yesterday that could pave the way to stronger air links between the two countries.
October 17, 2013, 12:03 am TWN
The pact was inked by Taiwan's Deputy Foreign Minister Simon Ko and Russia's Oleg Ivanovich Lobov, the chairman of the Moscow-Taipei Coordinating Commission on Economic and Cultural Cooperation, according to aviation officials in Taiwan.
The Civil Aeronautics Administration said that the agreement will help define respective freedoms of the air, including the number of flights and their routes between the two countries. The specifics remain to be hammered out, it said.
Taiwan's largest carrier, China Airlines, responded to the news by saying it will consider launching non-stop service to Russia. The airline currently partners with Russia's Transaero Airlines to operate a code-sharing Taipei-Moscow route via Bangkok.
Some 20,000 people traveled between the two countries last year, a 30-percent rise from the year before, according to Taiwan's foreign ministry.