China Airlines is upping frequency on its current four-times-weekly Taipei-Brisbane-Auckland service to daily this December, as the airline looks to capitalise on a growing Taiwanese visitor market to Brisbane over the past four years.
According to Brisbane Airport Corporation’s CEO and managing director Julieanna Alroe, visitors from Taiwan to the city has gone from 10,000 new travellers every year in 2013 to almost 100,000 in 2016.
The additional flights on the A330-operated route will offer daily evening departures from Taipei, a schedule that Alroe described as being “attractive to Australian business travellers looking for options to conduct their work in Asia and return home on a convenient overnight flight”.
Speaking about the frequency increase, China Airlines’ general manager for its Brisbane branch, Ray Chang, noted the schedule boost provides Australian travellers with additional connections to Asia, Europe and North America.
“China Airlines also connects with 12 points in Japan, delivering travellers from Queensland right to the doorstep of the ski-fields in full-service comfort with baggage and meals all included,” said Chang. “Our evening departure from Brisbane to Taipei means travellers can relax overnight and make easy onwards connections the next morning.”
The move follows recent changes in China Airlines’ services to Sydney, which look set to be operated by its new A350 starting December 1.
However not all is good news – according to airline industry website airlineroute.net, China Airlines is moving forward its cancellation of its onward Auckland flights from Sydney to July 13, and the carrier’s schedule no longer lists the route from that date onward. China Airlines’ onward Sydney-Auckland flights were originally planned to be cut on December 1.