Taiwan-based Uni Air launched its Taichung-Macau service on Tuesday amid local airlines’ increasing interests in tapping the market.
A subsidiary of EVA Air, Taiwan’s second largest airline company, Uni Air became the second Taiwanese carrier, after Mandarin Airlines, to offer service between central Taiwan’s biggest city and the gambling heaven Macau.
Uni Air’s bid will soon be followed by TransAsia Airways, another local airline set to operate daily flights on the same route beginning Jan. 12, 2013.
Both airlines said they are hoping to attract leisure and business travelers amid growing demand for traffic between the two sides.
Residents of Macau and Hong Kong are also coming to Taiwan in greater numbers.
The number of Hong Kong and Macau travelers to Taiwan has surpassed 920,000 in the first 11 months of 2012, a 27 percent year-on-year increase, according to Taiwan Tourism Bureau statistics. (macaunews)