Air Transport World

Change in Hong Kong won't change China Airlines

TAIPEI - The return of Hong Kong to Chinese sovereignty at the stroke of midnight, June 30, means no dramatic changes in the way Taiwan's China Airlines operates, although it is planning for longer-term changes. The U.K.-run territory allows China Airlines and EVA Air to fly in and out with the only real restriction being the lack of slots at Kai Tak Airport. The imminent return of Hong Kong to China has fostered questions about how viable China Airlines' flights into Hong Kong will be once that occurs.

There can be no underestimating the importance of the Hong Kong- Taiwan route to China Airlines' fortunes. The airline operates 105 flights per week with average load factors above 70%. …

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