Saturday, April 29, 2017

Thai Vietjet to launch Hualien-Bangkok service in July

2017/04/22 18:45:24

Travel industry representatives from Thailand and Taiwan attend a tourism promotional event in Hualien Saturday.

Taipei, April 22 (CNA) Thai Vietjet Air, a Thai low-cost airline and subsidiary of Vietnam's VietJet Air, will launch nonstop charter services between Bangkok and the eastern Taiwan county of Hualien in July, it was announced Saturday.

Peng Wei-tsu (彭偉族), acting director of the Hualien Tourism Department, said the airline will fly 12 charter flights between the two destinations from July 2 to August 19.

The county has discussed the nonstop charters since January, Peng said, and thanks to the assistance of the Ministry of Transportation and Communications, the launch date of the charter flights was finally set.

The announcement was made after Hualien travel operators met with their counterparts from Thailand on Saturday.

Sarote Wansupapom (王裕源) of Thai Modern Travel said he has been in Taiwan several times and has chosen to places like landmark skyscraper Taipei 101 or take the alpine train on Alishan, while avoiding eastern Taiwan because of transportation issues.

But with eastern Taiwan becoming more accessible with the launch of the direct flights, the Thai travel operator said he would introduce the natural beauty of Hualien and Taitung to his countrymen.

Hualien County Magistrate Fu Kun-chi (傅崐萁) said last week that the introduction of the regional flight is part of the county's strategy to expand its air services and commercial relations in the region.

He said the county government is also in discussions with other Southeast Asian countries, Japan and South Korea on charter flight services.

Thai Vietjet is the second regional budget carrier to commit to Hualien airport, following the launch of flights between the eastern county and Hong Kong last year by HK Express.

(By Lee Hsien-fon and Lilian Wu)

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