Hit hard by surging oil prices and competition from the Taiwan High Speed Rail on domestic city-pairs, local carriers expect to reap benefits from the first commercial flights across the Taiwan Strait, which are scheduled to be permitted starting July 4. According to Jiang Bingkun, a close political ally of newly elected President Ma Yingjiu, the new government plans to launch weekend charter flights on July 4 between Taipei and Kaohsiung and the Chinese mainland cities of Beijing, Shanghai, ...

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