Chinese mainland carriers are preparing for commercial flights across the Taiwan Strait to be permitted before year end, as the newly elected president of Taiwan, Ma Yingjiu, has promised. Ma will take office on May 20 and said he plans to allow the launch of weekend charter flights across the strait in July, followed by daily scheduled flights before 2009. According to China International Capital Corp., mainland carriers see "big market potential" across the strait. The route is expected to ...

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