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Chinese New Year travel rush entered the peak period and the Magistrate inspected the traffic at the airport

Chinese New Year travel rush entered the peak period and the Magistrate inspected the traffic at the airport
2017/02/01
Reporter: Syu Jia-Tai / Summary Report

With the ending of the Chinese New Year holiday, air traffic between Taiwan and Kinmen and sea transportation between Taiwan and the Mainland China went into traffic peak yesterday (January 4th on the lunar calendar). Chen Fu-Hai the Magistrate travelled to Shangyi Airport to inspect the transportation during the peak period of the Chinese New Year holiday. Chen was grateful for the good weather conditions that allow all flights between Taiwan and Kinmen to be safe and smooth for all passengers.
Kinmen County Government and Kinmen Airport have established a Special Chinese New Year Waiting List Desk at the airport lobby. Starting yesterday and until tomorrow, it is expected to provide a waiting list for three airlines. Chen inspected the duties of the desk, and requested the staff to assist all locals and visitors on the waiting list in an open and fair manner and report the needs of passengers at all times in order to deliver passengers home swiftly.
Chen appreciated the fact that the change of weather and chilly breeze did not influence the air and sea traffic between Taiwan and Kinmen. Flights of three airlines carried on smoothly, and transported more than 9000 passengers. Sea transportation between Taiwan and Kinmen proceeded normally as well, transporting more than 6000 passengers.
Chen requested the county government staff to give full support to the airport, airlines, the Harbor Office, and shipping companies in order to solve transportation issues during peak hours, enabling passengers to return to their posts through air and sea traffic.
Chen greeted locals and visitors. He invited locals to come home and enjoy the home scenery regularly, and he also encouraged visitors to visit Kinmen and experience the local culture.
The Chinese New Year holiday will end on January 5th on the lunar calendar. All schedules will be resumed on February 2nd (January 6th on the lunar calendar). Yesterday was the peak for the holiday transportation on the Taiwan-Kinmen line. Both sea transportation between Taiwan and the Mainland China and air traffic between Taiwan and Kinmen transported passengers among the three destinations regularly. All three airlines were fully operational for passengers who aimed to return to Taiwan.
Many locals who went home for the Chinese New Year traveled to Shangyi Airport to wait for their flight to Taiwan with huge amounts of luggage. All travelers gathered at Shangyi Airport. Kinmen Airport stated that Far Eastern, Uni Air, and Mandarin Airlines accumulated 53 arrivals to the airport with 3669 passengers, along with 53 departures with 5334 passengers. The last flight was Flight 1270 of Mandarin Airlines (Kinmen-Taipei), which departed at 23:15.
Kinmen Airport stated that the Special Chinese New Year Waiting List Desk received roughly 300 passengers on that day, and offered seats from the three airlines in order. The desk will provide its service until the traffic situation returns to normal, and supply passengers with information concerning the waiting list.
Sea transportation between Taiwan and the Mainland China proceeded normally as well. Shueitou Customs Building also saw a rise in the number of passengers who were waiting for ships. Many Taiwanese businessmen and their families were leaving for their posts in the Mainland China at an early date, while there were also Taiwanese travelers who had returned from China. Sea transportation usually has to move 6000 passengers. However, the last ship at 5:30 still had seats available, which enabled all passengers to depart. Traffic ended around 6pm.
Today is the last day of the Chinese New Year holiday. Both air and sea transportation have to ship passengers back to their posts on a tight schedule.

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  • Date:2017-11-30