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The current number of flights between the Chinese Mainland and Taiwan are far from meeting growing passenger demand. This has created opportunities for the aviation industry on both sides of the Strait.
In 2009, 930 thousand people visited Taiwan from the mainland. That number has now grown robustly. In the first five months of this year, around 530 thousand Chinese tourists crossed the Strait, an increase of 90 percent over the same period last year.
Li Jiaxiang, Director-General of Civil Aviation Administration of China said "The number of cross-Strait visitors is expected to hit 6 million. 4 million of those will choose to travel by air. This provides a tremendous opportunity for cooperation between aviation industries on both sides."
China's Civil Aviation Administration recently announced various measures to boost access across the Taiwan Strait. Aviation industry authorities and teaching institutions have responded positively. Many schools have launched cooperative training programmes.
Wu Tongshui, Dean of Civil Aviation University of China said "We have just signed an agreement with Taiwan's China University of Science and Technology. The agreement will allow us to work together in training pilots and instructors."
In Taiwan, aviation students have often found it difficult to get an industry job after graduation. With the recent boom in cross-Strait air travel and a number of collaborative training programmes in the works, the industry is looking a whole lot brighter.