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Taiwanese airline exploring direct flights to Fairbanks for aurora tours


FAIRBANKS, Alaska — An airline will soon offer direct flights from Taiwan to Fairbanks for stargazing tourists interested in seeing an aurora in Alaska.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports (http://bit.ly/1J568K5 ) that Explore Fairbanks CEO and President Deb Hickok announced the flights on Friday.

Passengers will be part of aurora-centric tours operated by companies in Taiwan. Explore Fairbanks tourism director Scott McCrea says the December itineraries also include dog sledding, ice fishing and trips to Chena Hot Springs Resort.

The three flights offered by Taiwan-based China Airlines sold out within two weeks.

The Airbus A340 planes seat nearly 280 people and are expected to make the trip from Taipei to Fairbanks in about nine hours. Passengers will stay in Alaska for four nights and five days.

Information from: Fairbanks (Alaska) Daily News-Miner, http://www.newsminer.com

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