Taiwan flag carrier China Airlines (CAL) will resume regular service to the Japanese city of Kumamoto from September 18.

The service will initially run twice a week, on Mondays and Fridays.

CAL will deploy one of its new-technology Airbus A321 neo aircraft on Taipei-Kumamoto.

Flight CI194 for Kumamoto will depart Taipei at 1430 and arrive at Aso Kumamoto airport at 1735.

The return flight CI195 bound for Taipei Taoyuan airport will leave Kumamoto at 1835 and arrive back in the Taiwanese capital at 1950.

CAL’s A321 neo has flatbeds in the business cabin in a 2-2 configuration, while in economy it is a 3-3 setup.

“Due to the rapid recovery in post-pandemic travel, China Airlines made multiple chartered flights between Taipei and Kumamoto since March in response to market demand.

Kumamoto is not only rich in tourism resources but is also an important hub of the Japanese semiconductor industry,” CAL said.

Kumamoto is located in the heart of Kyushu, a region renowned for its history, culture, and beautiful landscape. Popular sights include Kumamoto Castle and the Aso volcano.

Japan is one of CAL’s most important markets, with over 100 flights weekly from Taiwan to various destinations in the country.

The new route will complement CAL’s existing 14 flights a week on the Taipei-Fukuoka route to give travelers more options for getting to and from Kyushu.