EVA Air to launch flights to Milan next year

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Taipei, March 12 (CNA) EVA Air, one of Taiwan's two leading international carriers, will offer a regular service between Taipei and the Italian city of Milan starting next year, the airline's chairman Steve Lin (林寶水) said Tuesday.

Speaking to reporters after a Spring Festival banquet, Lin said that with fuel prices expected to stabilize, he was upbeat about strong growth of EVA Air's passenger load factor this year.

The airline is planning to add more long-haul destinations to its network, including a regular round-trip service between Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport and Milan, he said.

On that route, EVA Air will operate four flights per week, starting in 2020, and tickets are expected to go on sale in the second half of this year, according to Albert Liao (廖至維), executive vice president of EVA's corporate planning division.

Liao said the carrier also plans to expand its European network by offering a service to Germany but he declined to confirm whether Munich would be the destination.

Under an amended bilateral aviation pact in 2009, Taiwan and Italy agreed to offer air services to Milan, in addition to Rome, and allow two airlines in each country to operate seven flights per week, respectively.

EVA Air's main competitor China Airlines is the only Taiwanese carrier that offers flights to Italy. It is allowed to operate five flights a week to the European country but currently offers only three per week between Taoyuan airport and Rome.

Last year, EVA Air announced that it would launch flights to three more destinations in Japan in 2019 -- to Nagoya starting in June and to Aomori and Matsuyama in July.

At the same time, it will increase capacity to Tokyo, Fukuoka, Okinawa and Sendai by adding more flights on its existing routes, the company said.

(By Wang Shu-fen and Evelyn Kao)

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