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Why No TPE-SEL Svc In 2000?  
User currently offlineTango-Bravo From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 3813 posts, RR: 26
Posted (3 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 2513 times:

In China Airlines' (Taiwan) March-October 2000 timetable, there is no indication of service to/from Seoul in the flight schedules...not even as a dot on the route map nor among many interline connecting flights shown. Since TPE-SEL has been for many years, before and since 2000, a reasonably significant intra-Asian city pair, why was the route (apparently) suspended during the 2000 Summer season? How long was the route dormant before and/or after the time period in question?

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User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20822 posts, RR: 60
Reply 1, posted (3 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 2498 times:

Idle speculation, perhaps the route was served by Mandarin Airlines instead?

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User currently offlineHeeseokKoo From South Korea, joined Jan 2005, 810 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (3 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 2464 times:

Only foreign airlines could operate tpe-sel for a while such as SQ TG CX, after Korea open up with mainland China and closed relation with Taiwan (I'm no expert here, so I don't know appropriate word for it). So not only CI didn't have a direct flight, nor KE, OZ, and BR. It took a few more years before direct charter flights began and finally became regular flights.

User currently offlineBreninTW From Taiwan, joined Jul 2006, 2005 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (3 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 2446 times:

HeeseokKoo has it right.

When Seoul switched diplomatic recognition from Taipei to Beijing, the rights to fly between Taipei and South Korea were terminated -- not only for CI, but for all carriers.

At the same time, imports from South Korea were banned. It took a few years for business ties to normalize.

User currently offlineHOONS90 From Canada, joined Aug 2001, 3375 posts, RR: 51
Reply 4, posted (3 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 2436 times:

The cessation of diplomatic relations between the two countries in 1992 resulted in each countries' respective airlines withdrawing from all routes that connect the two. Other airlines such as CX, DL and TG still flew between the two countries throughout the 90s.

Then, in 2002, dialogue between the two opened up again and CI and BR were granted the right to resume flights to Korea, strictly on a charter basis at first. Korean carriers were granted the same rights vice-versa. This paved the way for the resumption of scheduled flights circa 2005-6, and today we even have flights going to Taipei's domestic Songshan airport.

CX and TG to this date still maintain daily flights on the TPE-ICN route despite the re-entry of Taiwanese and Korean-based carriers in the market.

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User currently offlineRoseflyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 11166 posts, RR: 52
Reply 5, posted (3 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 2263 times:

Quoting HOONS90 (Reply 4):

Thanks. I had wondered why TG operates that route even today.

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User currently offlineCOSPN From Northern Mariana Islands, joined Oct 2001, 1929 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (3 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 2213 times:

Continental Micronesia also operated TPE-SEL with 727-200 in the early 1990's and TPE-CJU

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