A report published by Taiwan"s Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) states that the original target of 108 weekly flights offering direct connections between Taiwan and mainland China will be exceeded by 5 January.
CAA said with every consecutive week, applications made by aviation companies for destinations and flight numbers have been increasing which has helped achieve a rate of 108 return weekly flights by the time it was four weeks from the inception of the programme.
The terms of an accord signed by China and Taiwan in November permitted a maximum of 108 weekly charters on the basis of a framework that had been set up in July during when weekend non-stop charters were launched.
Taiwan has opened eight of its airports to both China and Taiwan-based airlines to operate their charter flights across the routes. For these routes, the most popular airports are the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, the Taipei Songshan Airport in northern Taiwan, the Taichung Chingchuankang Airport in central Taiwan and the Kaohsiung International Airport located in the south of the country.
With the direct flights increasing in frequency from weekly to daily operations, the number of destinations in China served by these connections has also undergone an increase from five to 21.