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Over 2,000 CNY train tickets sold per sec.

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Over 150,000 train tickets for trains running on the East Coast during peak travel times on the Chinese New Year holiday sold during the first minute after holiday-season ticket sales were launched, the Taiwan Railway Administration (TRA) announced yesterday.

According to the TRA, over 2,000 tickets were sold per second during the first minute after the launch of ticket sales.

At 12 a.m. on Jan. 7, The TRA launched ticket sales for trains running on the East Coast between Jan. 28 and Feb. 5, with tickets available to buy online, on the phone, or at convenience stores.

According to the TRA, over 152,000 tickets were sold in the first minute after the sale kicked off and over 485,757 tickets were sold by 9 a.m. yesterday.

The TRA said that the tickets for Tze-Chiang Limited Express trains running from Taipei to Hualien on Jan. 29 and Jan. 30 and for Tze-Chiang Limited Express trains running from Hualien to Taipei on Feb. 3 and Feb. 4 were all sold out.

The tickets for Tze-Chiang Limited Express trains running from Taipei to Taitung on Jan. 29 and Jan. 30 and for Tze-Chiang Limited Express trains running from Taitung to Taipei on Feb. 3 and Feb. 4 were sold out as well, according to the TRA.

Some people who planned to book tickets yesterday reportedly said that they had managed in the past to book tickets for peak travel times, but ticket bookings for this year's Chinese New Year holidays was harder than past years.

The TRA said that train tickets for the West Coast line will be sold starting on Jan. 8, and passengers who successfully booked tickets fro the upcoming holidays should claim their tickets within two days after making reservations.

According to the TRA, passengers who could not book the tickets for their scheduled traveled dates can wait until Jan. 9 when the administration releases tickets that have not been claimed by those who reserved them.

The TRA said that there will also be direct trains available with discounted ticket prices. From Jan. 28 to Feb. 5, a total of 36 direct trains will be added to serve the corridor between Hsinchu and Hualien, with the price of a one-way ticket set at NT$200.

According to the TRA, around 190,000 reservations were made and over 410,000 tickets were sold during the first hour of reservation availability last year, causing network congestion on the TRA's website during the first 20 minutes after the launch of ticket reservations.

31 Extra Flights Scheduled for Residents of Remote Islands

The Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) yesterday said that domestic airlines will schedule 31 extra flights during the upcoming Chinese New Year holidays for those traveling between the Taiwanese mainland and its remote islands.

The CAA said that even with originally scheduled flights and additional flights together providing 1,937 flights, there is still high demand for flights by residents of Kinmen and Penghu Counties during the Chinese New Year holidays.

According to the CAA, airlines agreed to provide 31 extra flights to carry 6,642 additional passengers during the holidays.

Meanwhile, Taitung County also informed the CAA regarding the demand for more flights during the Chinese New Year holidays, and after negotiating with airlines, extra flights between Taipei and Taitung will be scheduled on Jan. 30 and Feb. 1.

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