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CAAC issues cross-Strait allocations; but commencement date remains uncertain


Further details are emerging on the much-anticipated cross-Straits liberalisation, with the CAAC this month announcing details of the route and schedule allocations for the 'regular' (ie scheduled) cross-Strait services. Under the allocation, nine passenger airlines (to operate 136 weekly return services) and two cargo airlines (to operate 14 return services) have been designated to operate services, with China Eastern Airlines benefiting slightly more from the allocations. [1625 words]

Unlock the following content in this report:


  • Cross-Strait frequencies to increase by 150% 
  • Cross-Strait routes only profitable sectors for Taiwan airlines
  •  Cross-strait charter flights handle 1.6 million pax in first 12 months
  • A much-anticipated process
  • How much will passengers really benefit?
  • And what about the beleaguered cargo market?

Graphs and data:

  • China-Taiwan capacity share (seats): Jul-2009
  • CAAC cross-Strait service frequency allocations 
  •  Expanded Cross-Strait flights agreement: 24-Apr-09
  • Cross-Strait liberalisation process: 2003 to 2009
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