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Mainland carrier Air China opens Taipei office
Updated: 2009-03-16 23:03

TAIPEI - Mainland flag carrier Air China opened an office here Monday.

Air China Chairman Kong Dong told the opening ceremony that the airline would offer the most convenient service for people and companies on both sides of the Taiwan Straits and help promote cross-Straits communications.

With six cross-Straits routes, airlines had carried 57,900 passengers on 440 charter flights as of February, according to Kong. The mainland and Taiwan started direct flights on December 15, 2008, ending a 59-year ban on such links.

Kao Koong-lian, vice chairman and secretary-general of Taiwan's Straits Exchange Foundation, said direct flights have benefited people on both sides. He said he hoped to regularize cross-Straits direct flights during the next round of talks with the mainland's Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits.