By: Lee Hsin-Yin
Taipei, June 20 (CNA) As many as 500,000 Chinese nationals could transit through Taiwan’s airports in the first 12 months after a recent relaxation in restrictions on Chinese transit passengers takes effect, according to Transportation Minister Chen Chien-yu (陳建宇).
That number could rise to 800,000 in the second 12 months as more Chinese travelers discover that transiting through Taiwan on their way to third countries can save them time and money, Chen said earlier this week.
“This service could be especially attractive to those traveling between second or third-tier Chinese cities and North American countries or Australia,” Chen said.
Most travelers from cities such as Wuxi and Xiamen in southern China and Shijiazhuang and Taiyuan in northern China heading to third countries currently have to transit via Incheon, Tokyo or Hong Kong, he said. [FULL STORY]