China Airlines is actively expanding its services to travelers in southern Taiwan. An exclusive new route from Kaohsiung to Jakarta via Hong Kong will be launched on July 1 with daily services flown by Boeing B737-800 passenger aircraft. Promotional fares are being offered by China Airlines to celebrate the launching of the new route with Economy Class return air fares starting from TWD 9,500 before taxes and Business Class starting from TWD 21,000 before taxes. Travelers will benefit from the greater convenience and flexibility.
Indonesia is a populous nation that has close economic and trade ties with Taiwan. Current Indonesian destinations include Jakarta, Surabaya, and Bali with a total of 28 weekly services, giving China Airlines the lion's share of the market. China Airlines is optimistic on the outlook of the Indonesian market. Direct flights between Taipei and Jakarta have been flown by the new A350 aircraft since December 2017. Code-sharing with fellow SkyTeam carrier Garuda Indonesia to provide connecting services to Yogyakarta, Semarang, Bandar Lampung, Pontianak, Medan, Balikpapan, Pekanbaru, Makassar and other Indonesian cities. A new Bali to Perth (Australia) code-share service was introduced in May, 2018, to provide greater network coverage. China Airlines is continuing to develop the market for Taiwanese business people and tourists from both counties. The market for Indonesian travelers transiting through Taiwan on their way to Europe and to North America is being targeted to boost returns from transits.
Civil Aeronautics Administration statistics showed that the Southeast Asia market grew by 12.4% and 9% in terms of volume and capacity in the first four months of 2018. The 2018 market forecast issued by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) in June increased the capacity and volume for the Asia-Pacific market even further as well, an indication of even more development potential in the Southeast Asia air travel market. At the moment, China Airlines flies to 15 Southeast Asia destinations. Service frequency was progressively increased for the Taipei-Bangkok, Kaohsiung-Bangkok, and Taipei-Penang routes this year in support of the New Southward Policy. The addition of the new Kaohsiung-Hong Kong-Jakarta service in July will bring the total number of flights to Southeast Asia to 167 services a week.
China Airlines has been developing the southern Taiwan market for a long time. A total of 113 services a week depart from Kaohsiung and Tainan for major cities in Southeast Asia, Northeast Asia and China. The 18 destinations include Hong Kong, Bangkok, Manila, Singapore, Jakarta, Osaka, Tokyo, Sapporo, Kumamoto, Okinawa, Seoul, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Shenzhen, Xiamen, Beijing, Changsha and Chongqing. China Airlines and Mandarin Airlines are the leading carriers in Taiwan's south departures market as they together account for around three-tenths of all services. (2018/6/19)