Chinese airlines ‘forced to cancel’ extra Lunar New Year flights

Taipei, Jan. 30 (CNA) Two Chinese airlines have been “forced to cancel” plans to operate extra cross-Taiwan Strait flights during the Lunar New Year holiday that were still pending approval from Taiwan to avoid inconveniencing travelers, the airlines said Tuesday.

Both China Eastern Airlines and Xiamen Air released statements saying they had to cancel their extra flights because they could not afford to keep waiting for Taiwan’s response on those flights out of consideration for their customers.

Taiwan’s Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) announced on Jan. 19 that it was withholding approval for the two airlines’ applications to operate extra flights across the Taiwan Strait over the Lunar New Year period because of safety concerns.

The CAA’s move was made in response to China’s unilateral decision to launch four new commercial air routes in the Taiwan Strait, including a northbound M503 route, on Jan. 4, and the two Chinese airlines’ use of those new routes in the following weeks.

According to their statements, China Eastern’s cancellation of its 106 additional flights has affected nearly 40,000 travelers, while Xiamen Air’s cancellation of 70 flights has affected over 10,000 people.

Both airlines are in the process of reimbursing or rescheduling flights for those who booked tickets with them.

In its statement, China Eastern expressed disapproval of the Taiwan government’s decision to withhold approval, and said many experts had been consulted and found no existing safety issues with the new routes.

Xiamen Air said, meanwhile, that Taiwan’s actions ignored the needs of the people of both sides of the strait and had severely damaged relations between people across the Taiwan Strait.

On Monday, Taiwan’s Ministry of Transportation and Communications said military aircraft will be used to transport Taiwanese in China home from Kinmen for the Lunar New Year holiday if no consensus is reached on the controversy over the M503 route.

To board the flights, Taiwanese passengers will have to use the “mini-three links” mechanism established between the two sides in 2001, meaning they will have to travel to Xiamen in Fujian province first in order to take ferries to Kinmen.

(By Yang Sheng-ju, Chen Chia-lun and Kuan-lin Liu)


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Read More »
  • La Palma : l’île la plus verdoyante des Canaries, visitée par 45% de Belges en plus

    4:17 pm

    Le tourisme durable dans des endroits verts rencontre un succès croissant auprès des Belges. C’est également le cas à La Palma, aux Canaries. Bien que des destinations comme Tenerife et Gran Canaria soient plus connues du grand public, La Palma a enregistré la plus forte augmentation de voyageurs belges en 2019. Une telle progression s’explique par ses atouts, à savoir des paysages impressionnants, plusieurs climats, un ciel étoilé magnifique et sans pareil ainsi que les plus beaux sentiers de randonnée. Il s’agit d’une destination aux multiples facettes, où l’authenticité n’a pas encore cédé le pas au tourisme de masse. Des qualités en parfaite adéquation avec le désir croissant de tranquillité et d’espace, en harmonie avec la Read More »

  • P&O Ferries releases first images of €260M new super-ferries designed to revolutionise transport between Britain and Europe

    3:22 pm

    P&O FERRIES today releases the first official images of the €260 million new generation of super-ferries which will transform the experience of travelling between Britain and the Continent. The largest ships ever to sail between Dover and Calais, the first of the 230-metre super-ferries will be operational by 2023.

    David Stretch, Managing Director – Short Routes at P&O Ferries, said: “These remarkable images provide a glimpse of the transformation which our customers will experience when they travel between Britain and Europe on the most sustainable, most reliable and most customer friendly ships ever to sail on the route. This major investment will be a vital part of Europe’s transport infrastructure into the 2040s and symbolises our commitment to making trade flow Read More »

  • airBaltic New Record – 5 Million Passengers in 2019

    3:19 pm

    Riga. Latvian airline airBaltic in 2019has carried 5 049 317 passengers or 22% more than the year before to its network. It is the highest number of passengers carried in airline’s history.

     Martin Gauss, Chief Executive Officer of airBaltic: “We are reaching new heights and offering better connections to people travelling to and from the Baltics. In 2019, we continued our sustainable growth path and showed strong results that will help us to pave our future path, strengthening our role as the largest carrier in the region.”

    “Last year we launched nine new routes, and, by adding more Airbus A220-300 to our fleet, increased the comfort and reliability of our flights. Already now majority of our passengers fly Read More »

    • Hébergé par PlanetHoster