China Airlines is the exclusive operator of the Taipei-Palau route and an additional Monday flight is being added from February 18 onwards. The three weekly services flown by Boeing B737-800 passenger aircraft on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday will provide travelers with more flexibility in their itinerary. Palau, famed as "the Rainbow's End", is a popular destination for island holidays and scuba diving. Flying from Taiwan to Palau takes just four hours. Promotional fares are being offered by China Airlines to celebrate the new weekly service with Economy Class return air fares starting from TWD 7,000 before taxes.
China Airlines began operating charter flights on the Taipei-Palau route in 2008. Regular scheduled services were introduced in 2009 and average load-factor exceeded 80% last year. Palau Immigration Bureau statistics indicated that the number of Taiwanese travelers to Palau in 2018 grew by 16% over the previous year, an increase second only to that of Korea. Taiwan and Palau are continuing to cooperate on a variety of programs. A mutual visa-waiver agreement was signed between both parties on December 2018 to promote tourism as well as cultural and business exchanges.
Palau is located in the west Pacific and consists of 340 islands. The rich marine resources are complemented by natural wonders such as the Milk Lake, Blue Hole and Big Drop-off. Its famous Jellyfish Lake has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site. Marine environmental conservation has been a top priority for Palau in recent years. It became the first country in the world to stamp visitor passports with an environmental pledge, and the Jellyfish Lake was reopened to visitors last year after a successful rehabilitation program. Travelers can take advantage of China Airlines' increased services to Palau to three flights a week to plan a more flexible itinerary. Other activities such as a visit to the Ngardmau Waterfall, dolphin ecology and night fishing also provide an opportunity to experience the unique charms of Palau in full.
China Airlines is continuing to expand its Asia network and create demand for travel. The carrier currently flies to 78 destinations including 16 in Southeast Asia (incl. Hong Kong) with 297 return flights a week, 18 in Northeast Asia with 231 return flights a week, and 29 in China with 118 return flights a week. The 718 return flights a week provide travelers with a wide range of readily available flying options.