The Macau Branch General Manager of Taiwanese airline Starlux, Steven Feng, informed Macau News Agency that ticket sales for its future Taipei route the Chinese New Year period are not selling as the pace the company expected.
“For the 1st flight, the ticket sales are still ongoing and it’s better than we expected, however, for other dates during CNY period is just not as good as we predicted, hence we’ve given some special fares to some of our collaborated travel agencies to sell,’ Feng told MNA.
“Meanwhile, currently preparing to launch a series of online promotions, and hopefully, to get positive feedback afterwards”.
Having officially launched its local operations in December 2019, Starlux’s first Taipei-Macau flight will depart on January 23, with the company having expressed previously it hoped to provide more choices for local residents to visit Taiwan during the 2020 Chinese New Year, between January 25 and February 8.
The company will provide three direct daily Taipei-Macau flights departing from the Taoyuan International Airport at 7:30 am, 1:05 pm and 6:50 pm, and lasting about two hours, with return flights departing from Macau every day at 10:30 am, 4:10 pm and 9:40 pm.
However, Mr. Feng stated to MNA that he could not disclose the exact ticket sale numbers.
In the first stages the company will provide in three routes connecting Taipei to Macau; Danang, Vietnam; and Penang, Malaysia, with future plans to establish long-haul routes to Europe by 2022 and to North America by 2024.
Starlux Airlines was founded in May, 2018 by Chang Kuo-wei, the former Chairman of EVA Airlines, who is expected to fly the first company flight.