Taipei, Overflight fees paid by foreign airlines for flying through Taiwan's flight information region without landing set a new high in 2018, according to the Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA).
The NT$2.23 billion (US$72.4 million) in fees collected in 2018 were more than double the NT$1.037 billion collected in 2008, CAA data showed, reflecting continued growth.
They grew steadily from NT$1.2 billion in 2011, NT$1.3 billion in 2012 and NT$1.8 billion in 2016 to above the NT$2 billion level in 2017.
The CAA attributed the growth in fees to the increasing regional popularity of budget airlines in recent years, especially those flying between Northeast Asia and either Hong Kong or Southeast Asia.
Cathay Pacific paid NT$257 million in overflight fees to the CAA in 2018, the most of any airline, followed by Korean Air, Hong Kong Express Airways, Jeju Air, and Hong Kong Airlines.
Asiana Airlines, Thai Airways, All Nippon Airways, Jin Air and Eastar Jet ranked from sixth to 10th in fee payments, according to CAA data.
Taiwan generally charges NT$10,000 every time a foreign carrier flies through its flight information region.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel