By Will Lee
Taiwanese Airlines Introduce Travel Packages for Vaccines
Previously, China Airlines and Taiwan’s EVA Air increased their frequencies to the United States to meet public demand.
According to the Taiwan Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC), the average daily number of passengers to the United States in May was 361. However, the number of passengers rose to 686 so far in June. The government of Taiwan believed that the ethnicity was fleeing the United States when the country suffered from the coronavirus, the ethnicity leaves Taiwan when the curve of the coronavirus in the United States is flattened.
Taipei Taoyuan International Airport revealed that the demand for travel to the United States, Canada and Shanghai has increased. Meanwhile, the airport aims to keep customers safe by maintaining social distancing rules.
Coronavirus cases in Taiwan have been extremely low since the start of the pandemic. However, the number of cases has increased since May. Due to the vaccine shortage, high-end customers in Taiwan are willing to travel to the United States to be vaccinated, as coronavirus cases in the United States have trended downward.
Taiwanese travel agencies have implemented a “vaccine package”, such as the “Pfizer 30-day package” and the “Johnson and Johnson 8-day package”. For example, the J&J package costs $ 10,700 and includes airfare to Los Angeles, five-star hotel accommodation, airport-hotel transfer with a Mandarin speaking driver and speaking tour guide. Mandarin accompany clients to the vaccination site and PCR test.
EVA Air has announced that it will increase its frequencies from Seattle to four times per week from July 1 to 18, it will maintain three flights per week thereafter. In addition, it will increase frequencies to San Francisco and Vancouver by adding a weekly return flight. China Airlines also announced that it will increase its service to Ontario, California and Los Angeles.
Meanwhile, China Airlines and EVA Air have been accused of exploiting passengers on the Covid-19 vaccine. For better social distancing, passengers were offered up to 40% off an additional ticket to reserve the adjacent passenger seat. China Airlines said the adjacent seat could not be blocked if passengers did not pay the additional cost. Airlines have championed controversial policies and said better social distancing will meet passenger demand.
Taiwan’s travel industry believes strong demand for travel to the United States will persist through July. It is believed that Taiwanese will bring their children to the United States for vaccination, and student travelers to the United States will help support flights.
In addition, China Airlines and EVA Air are expected to make a profit in 2021 due to strong demand for cargo services and a slight increase in demand for passenger travel.