Taiwan, Britain to boost flights

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Taiwan said Thursday it had reached an agreement with Britain to increase passenger and cargo flights to promote trade and tourism.

From March 2011, seven weekly flights between Taipei and Manchester will be launched while Taipei-London flights will rise from 10 to 14 a week, Taiwan's Civil Aeronautics Administration said.

Taipei-Manchester cargo flights will be increased from three to 10 after the two sides signed an aviation accord on Wednesday, it said.

The British government last March waived visas for short-term Taiwanese citizens, which nearly doubled the number of visitors from the island in the past year, according to Taipei officials.

Britain, which is Taiwan's largest investment destination in Europe, is among 33 countries that allow Taiwanese people visa-free entry, despite a lack of official ties.

Britain is Taiwan's 14th largest export market and trading partner and is the second most popular destination for Taiwan students studying abroad, after the United States.

© 2010 AFP

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