Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin was one of 150 passengers on yesterday’s maiden flight from Taipei’s Songshan Airport and Shanghai’s Hongqiao airport – the first of what will be regular flights between the two. Although the flight time remains the same (an hour and 45 mins), the route cuts travel time between the cities by an hour (compared to the Pudong-Taoyuan airport connection, which requires extra commute time). From now, 28 flights will operate the route each week. A direct Shanghai-Taipei link has long been resisted for political reasons, but thawing business relations finally made way for the flights. You know what that means – more Expo visitors!