TAIPEI Air access is crucial for any destination that aims to attract visitors either for leisure, business or business events.
Two of Asia’s most scenic destinations – Hualien in the eastern coast of Taiwan and Hangzhou in east China, renowned for its temples, gardens and the West Lake – are now connected by the new once-weekly service launched by TransAsia last week.
The new route provides event organisers the option to include these two destinations into their cross-strait programme, allowing participants to experience emerging secondary cities.
“An exclusive charter flight for MICE groups can be arranged,” said a TransAsia spokesperson, adding that onboard perks can also be put together upon request, such as the display of the corporate logo, special greeting by the captain through the PA system and distribution of special welcome gifts to passengers during the flight, to name a few.
The Taiwanese carrier’s new one-and-a-half-hour service is its second cross-strait route to Hangzhou, the first air link connects this Mainland China secondary city with Songshan Taipei.
“We see great potential in the market. With Hangzhou joining the list of destinations under the ‘Free Independent Travel’ programme starting this month (April 28), more travellers – both groups and individuals – will be flying between Hangzhou and Taiwan,” said the airline’s spokesperson.
TransAsia has deployed on the route an Airbus A321 aircraft with a capacity for 182 passengers. The airline currently operates 92 flights from Taiwan to 12 cities in Mainland China, including Shanghai, Tianjin and Chongqing. Other regional destinations in its network include Macau, Singapore, South Korea and Vietnam. It also operates chartered flights to Japan and many other cities in Asia.