Aug 06, 2018 Politics Comments Off on Royal Brunei Airlines to resume direct flights to Taiwan
Taipei, Royal Brunei Airlines said Monday it will restart direct flight services to Taiwan on Dec. 3 after a 15-year hiatus.
The carrier said it will use an Airbus A320NEO to fly three round-trip flights per week between Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport and Brunei International Airport.
The flights will operate on Monday, Thursday and Friday, the airline said.
The first leg will depart from Brunei at 11 a.m. and arrive at Taoyuan at 2:30 p.m., and the return leg will leave Taoyuan at 3:30 p.m. and arrive in Brunei at 7 p.m., it said.
Royal Brunei Airlines CEO Karam Chand said in a statement that the company is excited to return to the Taiwan market because of its strong tourism potential.
The carrier first launched flights to Taiwan in 1986 but ended the service in 2003 due to the impact of the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) scare on the travel industry.
More recently, it has been providing charter flights between the two destinations during the Lunar New Year holiday.
For the re-established air link, Taiwan is referred to as Taipei, TPE on the airline's website, which identifies all destinations by cities and their airport codes.
China issued an order on April 25 for international carriers to stop listing Taiwan as a country on their websites, and airlines have complied.
Some airlines have used the terms Taiwan, China; China Taipei; or Taipei, CN, to meet Beijing's demands.
Others have skirted the issue, as did Royal Brunei Airlines, with some having passengers search for airports in Taiwan under the categories Asia, East Asia and Northeast Asia without mentioning the country.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel
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