So two weeks ago, I finally came home to the Philippines from Poland. And while I was on the flight home, I noticed that the initial leg of my flight to MNL, AMS-TPE, was routed to fly over Hong Kong, the same way Taiwanese airlines used to fly to mainland China before direct cross-Strait flights were introduced just a few years ago. The flight flew through Xinjiang and central China, exited through Hong Kong, then headed east towards TPE.
With the big fuss about KL 803/804 (the nonstop AMS-MNL flight) becoming one-stop, I was under the impression that when KLM was given permission to fly over China, it would do so (flying to TPE) via the shortest possible route. But the question still stands: why does KLM need to fly over Hong Kong in order to get to Taipei, when there are shorter alternatives? Maybe the collective wisdom of A.Net can help me here.
[Edited 2012-07-18 09:26:27]