In response to the robust post-COVID travel market between Taiwan and the Philippines, China Airlines, the Taiwan-based carrier, has announced a significant expansion of its codesharing agreement with Philippine Airlines.
This new move aims to capitalize on the growing demand for travel and provide travelers with more comprehensive and convenient flying options.
The expansion includes new routes such as Taipei-Cebu and Kaohsiung-Manila, operated by China Airlines, along with connecting flights to regional Filipino destinations.
Let’s explore how this collaboration will enhance the travel experience for passengers and further strengthen the bond between the two airlines.
The new codeshare routes
China Airlines and Philippine Airlines have already operated a successful codeshare flight on the existing Taipei-Manila route. Building on this partnership, the two airlines have now introduced several new codeshare flights to cater to the increasing travel demand. Among these additions are:
Taipei-Cebu Route (CI705/706)
With five weekly flights, the Taipei-Cebu route offers travelers a convenient and efficient way to connect between the two destinations. China Airline originally added this route to its Southeast Asia portfolio with the formal launch of the Taipei-Cebu service in December 2022.
Kaohsiung-Manila Route (CI711/712)
Operating four times a week, the Kaohsiung-Manila route further enhances accessibility between southern Taiwan and the vibrant city of Manila.
Expanded Regional Routes
Apart from the new codeshare routes, passengers can also enjoy increased connectivity to regional Filipino destinations, including Manila-Cebu, Manila-Davao, Manila-Iloilo, Cebu-Davao, and Cebu-Iloilo routes, all operated by Philippine Airlines.
A comprehensive network in the Philippines
With the addition of these new routes, China Airlines now offers an extensive network that covers all major regional destinations in the northern, central, and southern parts of the Philippines.
This development solidifies China Airlines’ position as the Taiwanese carrier with the most comprehensive presence in the country.
Travelers can now seamlessly transit through destinations operated by China Airlines to reach popular cities such as Davao, the third largest city in the Philippines, Iloilo, and other in-demand locations.
In addition, travelers departing from the Philippines can take advantage of Taiwan’s efficient and well-connected transit hub while en route to major European and American cities.
Expanding Southeast Asia network
China Airlines is not only strengthening its foothold in the Philippines but is actively expanding its Southeast Asia network as well. With a focus on enhancing connectivity and options for travelers, the airline now serves 15 destinations in the region.
The recent additions include new services to Cebu, Danang, and Chiang Mai, amounting to more than 150 round-trip flights every week.
China Airlines has also taken part in collaborative codesharing initiatives with other airlines to expand its reach and offer passengers even more choices.
Partnership with Garuda Indonesia
Through a partnership with Garuda Indonesia, China Airlines now offers flights between Taipei and Singapore, as well as Bali. Additionally, travelers can fly from Jakarta and Bali to Sydney and Melbourne in Australia, further increasing options for travel between the regions.
Codeshare with Bangkok Airways
A codeshare agreement with Bangkok Airways provides connecting flights from Chiang Mai to the popular holiday destinations of Koh Samui and Phuket, offering more flexibility for travelers flying between Taiwan, Indonesia, and Thailand.