Starlux, EVA Air and China Airlines in talks for around Taiwan flights

Taiwan’s three international careers have commented on discussions and indicated interest in operating the flights

EVA Air said the airline was planning to deploy its famous Hello Kitty aircraft to operate the route. (Courtesy of EVA Air)

TAIPEI (The China Post) — Travelers around the world have been forced to cancel their trips due to the coronavirus pandemic, leaving many longing for the feeling of traveling abroad. 

Just last week, the “Pretend to Go Abroad” event hosted by Taipei Songshan Airport (台北松山機場, TSA) was incredibly popular; the event attracted 10,000 people who applied for the 90 slots available.

According to Chinese-language media, Taoyuan International Airport (TPE 桃園國際機場), Taiwan’s main gateway airport facility, is reportedly in talks with local airlines to launch around-the-island flights.

Details have yet to be finalized, but the Taoyuan International Airport Corporation (桃園國際機場公司) said in a statement that passengers would go through the usual security check and immigration before boarding the plane, just like any true international flights.

The company also suggested that flights could last 1-3 hours, allowing those on board to enjoy an inflight meal. Since the aircraft would temporarily leave Taiwan airspace, passengers would be eligible to purchase duty-free items upon arrival back at the airport.

The Taiwan-based luxury startup, Starlux Airlines, indicated in a statement that it supported such an initiative since local residents have been unable to travel abroad for an extended period.

EVA Air said the airline was planning to deploy its famous Hello Kitty aircraft to operate the route while China Airlines said it was still in the process of discussion and planning.