Taiwan denies it is refusing extra flights, availability could affect voter turnout in 2020 elections
By: Huang Tzu-ti, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
Reports emerged on Tuesday (Nov. 12) that Taiwan officials of the Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) have turned down Beijing’s request to discuss details of an extra flight program for the busy holiday, reported UDN. The move was described by Chinese media as “disregard for the need of Taiwanese residents living in China.”
Refuting the reports, the aeronautics authority said it is investigating the needs of Taiwanese business people and students who wish to return home for one of the most important holidays in the Chinese-speaking world. The reports simply contradict the facts, it added.
The issue has sparked controversy as extra flights could affect the number of Taiwan residents coming home to cast their votes. Taiwan is gearing up for the 2020 presidential election, which falls on Jan. 11, the same month as individuals head home for family reunions during the Lunar New Year. [FULL STORY]