Royal Brunei Airlines, the national flag carrier of Brunei, announced that it will return to Taiwan with three weekly flights between Taipei and Bandar Seri Begawan starting December 3. The airline’s homepage currently has a photo of Taipei 101 and says, “In Taipei, the sun rises with tradition.”
The airline first entered Taiwan in 1986 but suspended flights in 2003 due to the SARS epidemic. The flights to Taoyuan International Airport will use the carrier’s Airbus A320neo planes.
Royal Brunei Airlines CEO Karam Chand said that Taiwan is an attractive tourism destination and he’s excited that the airline will return to the country.
While many airlines have bowed to the pressure of the Chinese government to change the destination information for flights to Taiwan on their websites, Royal Brunei Airlines does not include any country indication for its destinations. The airline uses only the city and airport code for all its destinations.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) said on Monday that it is considering its options in response to international airlines changing Taiwan to a province of China. The ministry sent a letter to airlines on Friday requesting that they correct the information on their websites. Thus far, 44 airlines have given in to the Chinese government’s demand.
Citizens of Brunei are eligible for a 14-day visa-free stay in Taiwan under the New Southbound Policy.