TAIPEI — While domestic airfare is set to take off by 2-10 percent starting Jan. 1, the Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) said Monday it has negotiated with air carriers to offer discounts that help offset the impact.
More than 80 percent of existing flights will benefit from discounts, with 25 percent of off-peak flights featuring “early bird” sales with 30 percent off for tickets bought 14 days in advance, the CAA said. The discounts are expected to stimulate demand for domestic flights serving the country’s off-shore islands and eastern areas to increase carrier supply and promote tourism. The discounts will likely be welcomed by residents of outlying islands, as they will not be affected by the upcoming price hike because of government subsidies. Residents of Taiwan’s main island who want to fly home for the Lunar New Year between Jan. 30 and Feb. 4 can also avoid price hikes by booking their tickets before Dec. 31, the CAA said.