TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Low-cost airline Tigerair Taiwan will continue to operate flights between Taoyuan International Airport and Kochi, Shikoku, Japan, until the end of March 2024, it was reported on Thursday (July 13).
The company, a subsidiary of China Airlines (CAL), launched the charter flight last May in partnership with Star Travel Corp. and Kochi Prefecture. The service was originally scheduled to end in late October, but due to unexpected success in the post-COVID recovery process, the three parties agreed to continue until March 31, 2024, CNA reported.
According to the Civil Aviation Administration (CAA), there are two flights a week between Taoyuan and Kochi Ryoma Airport, with a load factor of about 90%. Kochi is inviting Taiwanese TV food programs to record programs introducing local food, and Star Travel is planning more destination itineraries.
The prefecture encourages tourists to visit the Shimanto River, Japan’s only undammed river, known for its bridges without railings, allowing debris to drift unimpeded during floods. The area is also known for its seafood, the local government said.