|CAL e-News |
On March 21, China Airlines launched Taoyuan-Takamatsu flights, becoming the first Taiwanese airline to offer regular flights to Shikoku, Japan. The commencement of this service coincides with Setouchi International Art Festival that takes place on multiple islands of the Seto Inland Sea. Flights depart every Thursday and Sunday, serviced by Boeing 737-800 aircraft equipped with 8 business class seats and 150 economy class seats.
Takamatsu is a port city located in Kagawa Prefecture, on the northeastern tip of Shikoku. In addition to being the political and economic center of Shikoku, Takamatsu is also the island・s transportation hub due to its proximity to Honshu, the main island of Japan. Kagawa Prefecture enjoys a mild, warm climate throughout the year. As a major producer of wheat and sea salt, it is famous for Sanuki udon noodles. To give passengers a taste of Kagawa, China Airlines served Sanuki udon on its inaugural roundtrip flights between Taoyuan and Takamatsu.
Setouchi International Art Festival began on March 20 across Takamatsu port and other islands around the Seto Inland Sea. The inland sea serves as a breathtaking natural backdrop for contemporary artwork from around the world, making Art Setouchi one of the region・s most popular tourist attractions.
China Airlines・ Taoyuan-Takamatsu flights enhance passenger experience by significantly reducing transit times. To celebrate the new service, China Airlines is offering special fares on its website starting at NTD 9,200 (excluding tax). In addition, Dynasty Package is offering special packages including four days and two nights・ accommodation in Takamatsu starting at TWD 11,700, and a Tadao Ando architecture-themed package with four days and one night・s accommodation in Naoshima starting at NTD 15,100. Passengers staying at select hotels will receive complimentary half-day tours of Kagawa・s top udon restaurants. Passengers can book flights on the China Airlines website (www.china-airlines.com) or get more information by calling travel agencies or China Airlines Customer Service Center at (02) 412-9000.
In addition to the two weekly flights between Taoyuan and Takamatsu, China Airlines will also expand the frequency of its existing Japan services over the next few months. Starting April, China Airlines will offer four weekly flights between Taoyuan and Shizuoka instead of three and four weekly flights between Taoyuan and Toyama instead of two. In July, China Airlines will expand its Kaohsiung-Osaka service to five weekly flights from two. This means China Airlines will be offering 125 weekly flights between Taiwan and Japan, serving 13 airports across 12 cities, giving passengers more convenience and flexibility in their travel.
|Flight No.||Itinerary||Weekly Schedule||Departure Time||Arrival Time||Flight Duration|
| CI178||Taoyuan-Takamatsu || Thursday, Sunday||15:15|| 18:50||2:35 |
| CI179|| Takamatsu-Taoyuan|| Thursday, Sunday|| 19:50||21:30 ||2:40 |