Late night departure from Ontario and early morning arrival in Taiwan makes connections to other Asian destinations more convenient for travelers
China Airlines and the Ontario International Airport Authority (OIAA) announced schedule changes for flights between Ontario and Taiwan beginning next week, a move that will enable passengers to reach more connecting flights to destinations across Asia.
Effective Monday, September 17, China Airlines flight CI23 will depart Ontario International Airport (ONT) at 11:50 p.m. and arrive at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport (TPE) at 5:00 a.m. local time two days later. The return flight, CI24, will depart TPE at 6:00 p.m. local time, arriving ONT at 3:10 p.m.
While scheduled departure and arrivals may be adjusted in the future, officials stressed that early morning arrivals to TPE will enable passengers to make connections to South East Asia, Japan, Korea and China more conveniently.
“The global aviation marketplace is dynamic to say the least and it is important that airlines and airports adjust as customer demands change,” said Julia Gouw, an OIAA commissioner and former president of East West Bank, a full-service commercial bank which focuses on the Chinese American community.
“We are pleased to support our China Airlines partner in making the flight schedule adjustments that will better serve the needs of passengers whose travel continues beyond TPE to commercial centers throughout Asia,” Gouw added.
Customers have responded enthusiastically to the daily ONT-TPE service, which launched in March, particularly the ease of access to ONT and shorter security screening times.
“This saves me so much time,” said one China Airlines ONT passenger in a social media post. “No more horrible LA traffic.”
Another ONT international passenger said, “The line is so much shorter there and the TSA check is so much faster.”
China Airlines began roundtrip service between ONT and TPE in March arriving daily into Ontario at 1:20 p.m. pacific time with a return flight to TPE departing at 4:15 p.m., arriving TPE at 8:55 p.m. the next day. The China Airlines service was Ontario’s first non-stop, transoceanic passenger service.
TPE is the primary International gateway airport for the New Taipei–Keelung–Taoyuan City metro area, with more than nine million residents, while ONT is the closest and most convenient international airport for more than 10 million Southern California residents in the Inland Empire, northern Orange County, and eastern Los Angeles County.
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About Ontario International Airport
Ontario International (ONT) Airport is located in the Inland Empire, approximately 35 miles east of downtown Los Angeles in the center of Southern California. It is a full-service airport with nonstop commercial jet service to 18 major airports in the U.S., Mexico and Taiwan, and connecting service to many domestic and international destinations. There is an average of 64 daily departures offered by 8 air carriers. More information is available at www.flyOntario.com.
About the Ontario International Airport Authority (OIAA)
The OIAA was formed in August 2012 by a Joint Powers Agreement between the City of Ontario and the County of San Bernardino to provide overall direction for the management, operations, development and marketing of ONT for the benefit of the Southern California economy and the residents of the airport's four-county catchment area. OIAA Commissioners are Ontario Mayor Pro-Tem Alan D. Wapner (President), Retired Riverside Mayor Ronald O. Loveridge (Vice President), Ontario Council Member Jim W. Bowman (Secretary), San Bernardino County Supervisor Curt Hagman (Commissioner) and retired business executive Julia Gouw (Commissioner).
About China Airlines
Founded in 1959, China Airlines employs more than 12,000 people worldwide and operates a fleet of 88 aircraft, making it the largest airline by size and frequency of service in Taiwan. China Airlines is also one of the 20 SkyTeam Alliance member airlines. China Airlines offers passengers access to an extensive global network of more than 17,343 daily flights to 1,062 destinations in 177 countries. China Airlines is continuing to promote superior aviation safety as well as eco-friendly, innovative and attentive services that provide travelers with the perfect travel experience. Recent major international and domestic awards received by China Airlines include: 7/7 Safety Rating from AirlineRatings in Australia, the Taiwanese civil aviation industry’s top “Golden Flyer Award”, “Best of the Best” Red Dot Award, iF Design Award, Good Design Award from Japan, “Best Airline of the Year”, “Best Airline in North Asia”, “Best Business Class Seat Design” and “Best Premium Economy” from the U.S.-based Global Traveler, “Top 10 Premium Business Class” and “Top 10 Economy Class” from the DesignAir, PAX International reader survey’s winner in the “2016 Outstanding Food Service by a Carrier - Asia” category, and the APEX Award for Publication Excellence for the inflight magazine “Dynasty.” For more information, visit http://www.china-airlines.com.