Emphasising the return of air traffic growth and the emerging importance of the North Asia travel market to Australia, Taiwan`s EVA Airlines will commence a twice-weekly non-stop service between Taipei and Sydney from today.
The arrival of the newest carrier to Sydney Airport and Australian skies marks a continued resurgence in airline confidence in the Australian market - evidenced by a just announced 11.9% increase in international passenger traffic for October 2002 in comparison with the same period last year.
EVA will operate a Boeing 767-300 service into Sydney on Tuesdays and Fridays with a mid-morning arrival and departure.
Regional Manager, Asia Pacific for EVA, Rick Hsieh said the airline had identified good prospects for growth in both the business and VFR (visiting family & relatives) markets into Australia.
“There has been a definite increase in business travel interest between our two countries. Plus, EVA offers a convenient travel alternative to many North American and European destinations,” he said.
Sydney Airport Director Aviation, Greg Russell, welcomed the return of EVA.
“The Northern Asia market has been an important growth market for us here in Sydney. Sydney Airport now hosts several carriers servicing the major East and North Asian destinations,” Mr Russell said.