Prompted by strong customer demand, China Airlines has expanded its bookings between Taiwan and Ontario International Airport (ONT) to seven days a week in anticipation of the scheduled March 25 launch of service.
When China Airlines announced in September that it would initiate service between ONT and Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport (TPE), the plan was to fly the non-stop route four days a week. However, customer demand has been so strong that the airline has expanded its bookings – two months before the first scheduled flight.
“We are most grateful to China Airlines and its chairman, Nuan-Hsuan Ho, for their confidence in our airport, employees and community neighbors,” said Alan D. Wapner, president of the Ontario International Airport Authority (OIAA).
“That China Airlines is increasing service before a single flight has lifted off is both uncommon and a testament to the high value of travel between Taiwan and Ontario.”
TPE is the primary International gateway airport for the New Taipei–Keelung–Taoyuan City metro area, with more than 9 million residents, while ONT is the closest and most convenient international gateway airport for more than 10 million Southern California residents in the Inland Empire, northern Orange County, and eastern Los Angeles County.
Already, China Airlines is calling Ontario Southern California’s new gateway to Asia.
“We couldn’t agree more,” Wapner said, adding that he anticipates that the customer response to China Airlines’ arrival will lead others to consider ONT when planning new service to Southern California.
Daily China Airlines flights from TPE will arrive at ONT at 1:20 p.m. with return service departing ONT at 3:45 p.m. China Airlines, the first carrier to offer non-stop, trans-oceanic passenger service to ONT, will serve the new route with a Boeing 777-300ER wide-body aircraft. The scheduled flight time is 14 hours, 10 minutes.