Taiwan-based China Airlines said Thursday that its financial losses from a strike by its flight attendants in June have been offset by high demand in July and August.
"CAL has become even stronger after the challenge of the June 24 strike," Chairman Ho Nuan-hsuan (???) said, expressing confidence in the airline"s overall performance in the third quarter.
He said CAL's load factor was 81.2 percent in July and 82.6 percent in August, while its bookings for September are also looking good.
The airline had estimated its losses from the strike by its flight attendants at NT$500 million (US$15.38 million) due largely to the cancellation of more than 120 flights over two days, which left some 30,000 passengers in Taiwan and elsewhere stranded.
To boost its profit, Ho said, the airline will adjust its flight network later this year to capitalize on the growing Southeast Asian market.
For instance, services to destinations such as Kuala Lumpur and Yangon will be increased, he said.
CAL also plans to work with EVA Airways, the second-largest airline in Taiwan, on mutual ground staff support to reduce the human resource burden on both carriers, Ho said.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel