Josie Wu ,tuanslated by Cara Steenstra.
flights have arrived in Taiwan! Low-cost flights have
been around in the West for a while. Now Jetstar Asia's
daily sevices from Taipei to Singapore give travellers
a new budget choice. Weekday one-way fares start from
NT$2,350. These short distance flights are great news
for travel enthusiasts and commuters. Jetstar Asia
is a Singaporean airline company with Qantas Airways
holding 49% of its shares. It aims to expand its routes
to destinations within five hours flight from Singapore,
including Shanghai, Jakarta, Manila, Perth and Dehli.
And why is it so cheap? Chief Operating Officer Con
Korfiatis explains that the seemingly "free"
bonuses offered by other airlines such as mileage
points, VIP lounges, meals and luxurious audio visual
equipment are all deducted from the ticket costs.
This makes air travel easier and more affordable for
many people. He emphasized that lower costs do not
mean poorer service quality, and single journeys give
travellers more flexibility. The A320 Airbus fleet
allows each passenger 20kg of luggage. In-flight drinks
and snacks are available for purchase. Daily flights
depart Singapore for Taipei at 1 p.m., arriving Taipei
at 5:35 p.m., the return flight leaves Taipei at 6:20
p.m., and arrives in Singapore at 10:55 p.m. --By
Josie Wu, translated by Cara Steenstra