Trans Asia stops Singapore route, plans Tokyo service

22 Aug 2013

Trans Asia Airways has confirmed it will stop flying to Singapore next month. The route was first launched two years ago (see here). A spokesperson called the move an "adjustment" resulted from the airline's ongoing review of its route map and fleet arrangement.

On September 26, the airline will start flying to Tokyo Narita using a 150-seat A320 with 12 business and 138 economy seats, and a 182-seat A321 with 12 business and 170 economy class. The daily service departs Taoyuan at 0810 and arrives Narita at 1220. The returning leg leaves Japan at 1320 and land in Taiwan at 1545.

The spokesperson said that Japan has always been one of the most popular destinations for Taiwanese travellers but the weakened yen has further boosted traffic. A research announced by Taiwan Tourism Bureau shows that 1.1 million of Taiwanese tourists have chosen to visit Japan in the first half of 2013, a 50 per cent rise compared to the same period in 2012. Local travel agencies predict that the annual number will exceed two million by the end of this year, making it a new peak.

Trans Asia currently has eight routes connecting Taiwan and Japan, and the Tokyo service will be its ninth. It will also be the first capital city the airline flies to in North East Asia. The airline has reported positive feedback from passengers towards the new Tokyo route. The reservation rate for its nine Japanese routes, including Tokyo, in September has reached 90 per cent.

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Valerian Ho

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