Date
22 September 2019
China Airlines has canceled 28 international flights, including six between Hong Kong and Taiwan. Photo: Reuters
China Airlines has canceled 28 international flights, including six between Hong Kong and Taiwan. Photo: Reuters

China Airlines cancels HK-Taiwan flights after pilots strike

Major Taiwanese carrier China Airlines canceled at least 28 international flights scheduled for Friday to Sunday after its pilots launched a strike, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

The airline said on its website that cancelled flights, which will leave or land on Taoyuan, Kaohsiung and Taipei Songshan airports, include six flights between Hong Kong and Taiwan, while the rest are to or from Los Angeles, Manila, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Beijing, Shanghai, Wuxi, and Shenzhen.

The carrier has also created a pilot union strike information section on its official website with information on flight status and ticket refund.

Taiwan’s Ministry of Transportation and Communications has set up an emergency center to handle the incident.

The Airport Authority Hong Kong said it was monitoring the situation, and advised passengers to check information from the airline and the authority’s website before going to the airport.

The strike, which began at 6 a.m. on Friday, came after talks between the Pilots Union Taoyuan and the airline management over working conditions broke down on Thursday, with the union warning later that day that it would go on strike anytime.

The union demanded more pilots and better arrangements for “red-eye” and late night flights, RTHK reported.

The airline rejected the demands, saying granting them would increase expenses and reduce competitiveness.

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