Mandarin Airlines Resumes Kalibo Service

Mandarin Airlines has finally resumed its flights between Taipei Taoyuan and Kalibo on October 18 after the carrier was forced to suspend the route earlier this year following an international dispute between the Philippines and Taiwan last May. 

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The airline introduced four weekly flights between Kalibo and Taipei on October 18. Mandarin Airlines is expected to increase the frequency of the flights to daily service on October 27. Flights will be operated by a 104-seat Embraer 190 aircraft in an all economy configuration. Mandarin Airlines is presently the only airline to operate that particular aircraft type in the Philippines.

Mandarin Airlines suspended their flights between Taipei and Kalibo last May following an international dispute over the fatal shooting of a Taiwanese fisherman by the Philippine Coast Guard. The dispute forced the cancellation of a number of flights between the two countries. Reports suggested that a travel ban was issued by Taiwanese authorities against the Philippines as tensions between the two governments made the Philippines less fun for Taiwanese tourists.

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