Air, road travel rev up for Chinese New Year holidays
The China Post news staffTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Both the Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA, 民航局) and the Directorate General of Highways (DGH, 公路局) recently detailed their efforts to tackle heightened traffic during this year's Chinese New Year's holiday.
January 13, 2013, 12:02 am TWN
Lee Jung-jang (李忠璋), DGH Planning Division (規劃組) Director, said his department is currently working with a number of bus operators to best facilitate the movement of an estimated 7.8 million people who will be traveling by bus across the country's highways.
A number of local bus operators, such as Ubus (統聯) and Ho-Shin (和欣), began taking holiday reservations earlier this week. Kingbus (國光) will commence reservations on Jan. 17.
Kingbus said southbound traffic will peak on Feb. 8, while northbound traffic will peak on Feb. 16.
The DGH said Expressway route 65 will be operational prior to the nine-day holiday period.
The DGH also urged travelers to stay away from scenic routes and renowned local attractions so as to avoid traffic jams, and reminded all drivers to stay alert and keep safe.
The CAA yesterday said many additional flights have been approved, including 116 flights for domestic airline operators and 230 flights for Mainland airline operators.
The CAA will also require airline operators accord to certain price stipulations for the holiday period. Direct flights between Taipei and Shanghai may not exceed NT$15,000. Red-eye flights may not exceed NT$13,800. In addition, 25 percent of each flight's economy class seats must be sold at a discount price below NT$10,000.