Taiwan extends air accord with Hong Kong

Taiwan and Hong Kong recently decided to extend their current air accord by six months to the end of 2007, after longer-than-expected discussions on an accord between Taipei and Beijing covering direct weekend charter flights, the Economic Daily News reported. Citing officials from the Civil Aeronautics Administration at the Ministry of Transportation and Communication, the report said that Taiwan and the mainland have not been able reach agreement on cross-straits charters during weekends.

The result is the extension of the current agreement with Hong Kong and Macau, the leading transit points for flights between the island and the mainland.

If approved, weekend cross-strait charter flights stand to take away traffic from Hong Kong and Macau, it said.