With the quasi-ban set by the Chinese Government towards Chinese travellers keen to visit Taiwan, local Taiwanese carriers are looking to boost capacity to secondary destinations in Southeast Asia. Eva Air just announced to fly to Phuket, Chian Airlines to Cebu while new coming low cost carriers Starlux and Thai Eaststar Jet will start linking Taiwan to Bangkok, Malaysia and Vietnam during the first quarter of 2020.
The island resort of Phuket will finally get a long-time expected route: Taiwanese international carrier EVA Air will launch a new service between Taipei and Phuket, starting on 2 April, 2020. The airline will serve the route with an Airbus A330-200, configured for 252 passengers with 24 in Royal Laurel Class business and 228 in Economy with a frequency of three flights per week. EVA will be the only airline to offer nonstop service from Taiwan to Phuket.
The other Taiwan intercontinental carrier China Airlines will also launch a six-weekly route linking Taipei to Cebu. A two-class Boeing 737-800 will start the route by late March, just on time for the summer season.
Taiwan’s start-up carrier Starlux Airlines in the last few days filed operational schedule on CRS. The carrier is due to commence operation on January 23, 2020. With Airbus A321neo aircraft, the airline will operate service from Taipei Taoyuan to Danang and Penang in Southeast Asia, using the IATA code JX.
ASEAN carriers are also boosting frequencies and adding more services to Taiwan. Vietjet is planning to launch on January 10 four frequencies a week from Can Tho in the Mekong Delta to Taipei while new low cost carrier The new Vietnamese carrier Bamboo Air started to fly Hanoi-Taipei in December with a daily service while new low cost Thai carrier Thai Eaststar Jet plans to run regular charter flights linking Bangkok to Kaohsiung, in the south of Taiwan.
Last but not least, AirAsia X confirmed the launching in January of a service linking Kuala Lumpur to Okinawa in Japan via Taipei Taoyuan. Based on the airline’s schedule listing, the airline will operate four weekly flights from January 22.