By: Wen Kuei-hsiang and Chung Yu-chen
Koror, Palau, March 22 (CNA) China Airlines (CAL), one of Taiwan’s major carriers, will offer an additional direct flight to Palau from June 1, bringing the total number of weekly flights to four, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) told Palau President Tommy E. Remengesau, Jr. during a meeting Friday.
Tsai, who is currently in Palau on the first leg of a visit to three Pacific island allies, said she delivered the good news to Remengesau, hoping it would prompt more Taiwanese to visit the Pacific nation.
CAL, which is partly state owned, currently offers three direct flights a week between Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport and Palau.
The Taiwanese airline began providing charter flights between Taiwan and Palau in 2008 and offering scheduled services in 2009. The average passenger load on the regular flights have reached around 80 percent over the past year, the airline said earlier this year. [FULL STORY]