TAIPEI — Chiayi Airport could begin handling cross-Taiwan Strait charter flights in the near future, Transportation and Communications Minister Mao Chi-kuo said Tuesday.
Mao noted that the two sides of the Strait have reached consensus on making the southern Taiwan airport a direct link airport for charter planes.
“Although the issue has yet to be included on the agenda of cross-strait meetings, it can be expected soon,” Mao said.
He said that the airport will add customs facilities such as quarantine facilities soon. If there are sufficient passengers wanting to use the airport to fly to China, “the first charter plane could take off anytime,” he added.
Mao noted that Alishan in Chiayi County is a favorite destination for Chinese tourists and said that if Chiayi Airport can be used for direct cross-strait flights, it could save Chinese tourists time and trouble getting to Alishan.