Mainland China’s M503 route takes off amid protests in Taiwan

The China Post
Date: March 30, 2015
By: Yuan-Ming Chiao

TAIPEI, Taiwan — The M503 flight route was officially opened to commercial aircraft yesterday.

Security personnel subdue a protester in front of the Martyrs' Shrine in Taipei where President Ma Ying-jeou presided over memorial services, yesterday. Around 30 protesters led by the Taiwan Solidarity Union Youth continued to criticize the government on its stance toward the M503 air route.(CNA)

Security personnel subdue a protester in front of the Martyrs’ Shrine in Taipei where President Ma Ying-jeou presided over memorial services, yesterday. Around 30 protesters led by the Taiwan Solidarity Union Youth continued to criticize the government on its stance toward the M503 air route.(CNA)

Online flight tracking sites indicated that Dragonair Flight KA857 was the first aircraft to use the air route, flying from Shanghai en route to Hong Kong.

According to Chinese authorities, a total of 33 flights traversed the route on Sunday, which comes as close as 10 nautical miles to the median line dividing the Taiwan Strait between mainland China and Taiwan.

Meanwhile in Taiwan, the Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA, 民航局) indicated that flights in the M503 area did not affect air traffic around Taiwan. The Ministry of Defense noted that flight activity in the area showed no unusual movement of Chinese military jets traversing the route.     [FULL  STORY]

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