Lonely Planet Writer

Chinese passengers transit through Taiwan for first time ever

Two mainland Chinese air passengers have made history by being the first ever to transit through Taiwan.

Taipei Airport.
Taipei Airport. Image by Stan Wiechers / CC BY-SA 2.0

China announced in January that it would begin allowing mainland air travellers to make connecting flights in Taiwan, which had never previously been allowed due to political tensions between the two. The trial scheme allows passengers flying from Kunming, Chongqing and Nanchang – all cities in the south and west of China – to make connections in Taiwan before flying to a third destination. The two mainland travellers who were the first to avail of the scheme departed from Nanchang on Monday and connected in Taipei’s Taoyuan International Airport before flying on to Bangkok. Read more: reuters.com