Air Canada Resurrects Vancouver to Taipei Direct Flights

Air Canada is taking reservations for direct flights between Vancouver and Taipei, after a 14 year hiatus. Discounted fares start at $9,999NTD ($423CAD) return for limited periods between June and September.

Air Canada first introduced direct flights between the cities in 2009, but ceased the service in 2003. Since then, passengers traveling between the two cities have had to transit in Hong Kong, Tokyo, Osaka, Seoul, Shanghai, or Beijing.

Air Canada will employ the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner to serve the route.

The first announcement about the re-instated service came shortly after Taiwan was denied participation in the assembly of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) assembly, which is based in Montreal, Canada.

Despite the ban, instigated by Beijing, Taiwan sent a Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) delegation to Montreal.

Tourist arrivals from Taiwan have increased since the Canadian government granted visa-free status to visitors from Taiwan in 2010. More than 94,000 Taiwanese are citizens or permanent residents of Canada.

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