China Airlines has launched daily services
linking Taipei and Kaohsiung to Tokyo.
The new services include
two daily flights (CI-220/CI-221 and CI-222/CI-223) between
Taipei-Songshan and Tokyo-Haneda airports, as well as two
additional TSA-HND flights codeshared with Japan Airlines
(CI-9220/CI-9223 and CI-9222/CI-9221).
CAL has also launched three new round-trip
services between Kaohsiung and Tokyo’s Narita International
Airport on Mondays, Thursdays and Sundays (CI-102/CI-103).
China Airlines has a long
history of serving Tokyo’s Haneda Airport dating back to 1967.
Flights were interrupted in 1974 due to the break in diplomatic
relations, but resumed the following year. In 2002, CAL moved to
Narita International Airport, Tokyo’s main international gateway. Compared to Taoyuan-Narita services, the Songshan-Haneda
flights will save passengers 4-6 hours of round-trip travel time,
greatly closing the geographic distance between Taipei and Tokyo.
The airline now operates 36 weekly flights
between points in Taiwan and Tokyo, as well as a total of 85
weekly flights to nine popular Japanese destinations including
Sapporo, Nagoya, Osaka, Hiroshima, Fukuoka, Okinawa, Miyazaki,
Tokyo-Haneda and Tokyo-Narita.
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