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UPDATE: Taipei - It's Now O.K.

Taiwan-Indonesian Air talks Conclude And The Skies Are Now Much More Open.

(8/29/2001) Bi-lateral air talks between Taiwan and Indonesia concluded last week resulting in skies that are now considerably more open than before between the two destinations.

The new bi-lateral air agreement penned by the two governments provide for increased flight frequencies and even provide for "fifth freedom air rights" - the right the two countries to use each other as intermediary stops enroute to a third country destination.

Prior to the signing of the new air agreement, services between the two countries were limited to only two airlines each from Taiwan and Indonesia. Previously, the only carriers entitled to fly the route were Garuda Indonesia and Merpati Nusantara from Indonesia and Eva Air and China Airlines from Taiwan. Garuda ceased operating the route two years ago, reportedly due to financial difficulties, but had maintained a code-sharing arrangement with the Taiwan carriers and kept its sales office in Taipei open.

Under the new bi-lateral agreement, the start-up Indonesian carrier Lion Air is expected to commence a daily service on the Denpasar-Taipei-Seoul run. The newly-signed air agreement permits 17 Indonesian flights per week, meaning 7 slots remain available for other Indonesian airlines to utilize.

The second phase of the bi-lateral flight agreement call for further subsequent approvals that will increase the number of frequencies available to each country from the current 20 to 24 flights each week from Jakarta and from 12 to 16 times per week from Denpasar (Bali).