SkyTeam Alliance MD Michael Wisburn said the global alliance’s 19 members operate 26,833 services per week between Taiwan and China, an increase of 26% and accounting for 25% of the alliance’s global traffic, according to CNA. SkyTeam’s investment in the cross-Strait market increased 7.8%, increasing its market share in the market to 34%. Mr Wisbrun said “SkyTeam's key driver so far has been on gaining global presence, and it now provides a network with access to the most relevant traffic flows worldwide.”
SkyTeam's investment in cross-Strait up 8%, market share at 34%
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