For the past three years, China Airlines (CAL, 中華航空) and Mandarin Airlines (華信航空) have operated flights for passengers to watch the first sunrise of the new year between Taipei and Hong Kong.
The two airlines said that they will no longer offer the flights due to working hours and the introduction of new planes to their respective fleets, Apple Daily reported. The airlines will instead offer other travel packages, including charter flights and vacation deals.
The Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said that sunrise on New Year’s Day will be at 6:33 am on Orchid Island, the earliest sunrise in Taiwan. Pingtung and Taitung are popular destinations for tourists to watch the first sunrise of the year.
CAL announced earlier that it would expand direct service to destinations in Europe, starting December 1. It is currently the only airline that offers direct flights between Taipei Taoyuan International Airport and London Gatwick, according to Epoch Times. The airline will operate four flights per week to London on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, and plans to add a fifth flight in March.
CAL’s other direct destinations in Europe are Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Vienna, and Rome.