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EVA to start Kaohsiung-Tokyo service on Dec. 11

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- EVA Air will open a new route between Kaohsiung, Southern Taiwan and Tokyo on Dec. 11 as Japan is becoming increasingly popular as a tourist destination among Taiwanese travelers, the airline has announced.

EVA Air said it will start the service, offering daily operation on board Airbus A321 aircraft which seats eight passengers in business class and 176 passengers in economy class.

An A320 plane is scheduled to take off from the Kaohsiung International Airport at 7:00 a.m. and land in Tokyo's Narita International Airport at 11:25 a.m. every day. It will then take off from Tokyo at 12:25 p.m. and return to Kaohsiung at 3:45 p.m.

Currently, several airlines operate flights from Kaohsiung to Tokyo, including Japan Airlines, which operates one flight daily, and China Airlines, which operates two flights a week. Due to the strong market demand, EVA Air decided to offer the service to give passengers one more option.

Tourism Bureau statistics showed that the number of Taiwanese tourists visiting Japan in the first nine months of this year was up 54 percent compared with the same period last year to hit 1.79 million, due to yen's sharp depreciation.

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