I find in East Asia, there are many airlines operating fifth freedom segments, for example the following routes from HKG
That's just a partial list...in fact, there are constantly a dozen airlines flying HKG
alone. There were many others still operational until very recently, some of them stopped because of SARS (like SQ
route). Remember these ones?
(for a short while before the Philippines tore up its air agreement with Taiwan)
(for a very brief period)
-SEL (when they had the 747-300s)
-OSA (before it became ITM
and replaced by KIX
for international flights)
itself has 5th freedom on many flights between Taiwan and Japan:
In 1992, when South Korea broke ties with Taiwan and both countries cancelled their air agreement, CI
all had to stop flying between the two neighbours. Those carriers with 5th freedom all of a sudden became the only ones serving TPE
, and CO
were the prominent ones). Only very recently did Taiwan and South Korea resumed their own flights, but only at a charter level.
, I'm getting off topic, I'd better sign off.