Taiwan Today: Most flights between Taiwan and Okinawa Friday canceled

Most flights between Taiwan and Okinawa Friday canceled

As Typhoon Trami moves toward Japan’s Okinawa, Taipei-based China Airlines (CAL) and EVA Airways (EVA Air) have canceled all flights bound for Okinawa slated for Friday, the two airlines announced Thursday.

Tigerair Taiwan said Thursday that the departure time for Flight IT230 from Taoyuan to Okinawa will be moved forward one hour to 5:50 am Friday and Flight IT231 from Okinawa to Taoyuan on Friday moved from 10:10 am to 9:10 am. Round-trip flights IT232/IT233 between Taoyuan and Okinawa and IT288/IT289 between Kaohsiung and Okinawa Friday will be canceled, Tigerair Taiwan said.

Facebook to expand operations in Taiwan

Facebook is planning to expand a project that it launched last year in Taiwan to help local businesses carve out a bigger space in the global market and cultivate digi-tech talent, one of its executives said Thursday in Taipei.

Under its Made by Taiwan program, Facebook will pour more resources into Taiwan in a bid to make the county’s industries more digitally competitive, said Facebook Vice President Dan Neary. Facebook recognizes the importance of the Taiwanese market in the region and the opportunities it presents, he said, adding that his company will work with Taiwan to promote local brands and help domestic businesses connect with global customers.

THSR app unveils new pick up option for online ticketing

A new option that allows travelers to pick up high speed train tickets at convenience stores nationwide is available through the existing mobile-based “T Express” app from Thursday, Taiwan High Speed Rail (THSR) Corporation announced.

The new feature enables high-speed rail passengers to make online reservations using a mobile phone, instead of having to wait in line at a ticket counter, or go through the hassle of operating an automated ticket machine, the company said.

Taiwanese drug mule arrested in Thailand

A Taiwanese drug mule allegedly responsible for smuggling narcotics into Thailand has been detained in Pattaya, thanks to law enforcement cooperation between the two countries, according to Taiwan’s Investigation Bureau.

The man, identified by his surname Chiang (江姓男子), was tracked down by agents of Thailand’s Office of the Narcotics Control Board and military officers Wednesday at a house he was renting in Pattaya, following a tipoff provided by bureau personnel stationed in Thailand.