Taipei, EVA Airways said Friday it will not take new flight bookings before June 29 to try to maintain proper transport capacity in the wake of a strike by its flight attendants that had affected nearly 24,000 passengers since it began the previous day.
As the strike continued, the company canceled 112 out of 177 EVA Air flights, or more than 60 percent of its flights, on Saturday, affecting 23,000 passengers, the airline said.
The flights canceled include 59 out of the airline's 89 flights departing from Taiwan Saturday 46 from Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, three from Taipei Songshan Airport, three from Taichung Shuinan Airport and seven from Kaohsiung International Airport affecting 13,200 passengers.
Another 53 out of 88 flights returning to Taiwan will be canceled including 40 to Taoyuan, three to Taipei Songshan, three to Taichung, and seven to Kaohsiung impacting 10,000 passengers, the carrier said.
As of Friday afternoon, some 1,400 out of 4,200 EVA flight attendants had turned in their passports, their Mainland Travel Permit for Taiwan Residents and their EVA Air employee identification cards to the union to commit themselves to not working for the company during the strike, the union said.
The level of participation was higher than we had expected, said TFAU SecretaryGeneral Cheng Yaling
While the carrier managed to keep half of its 32 flights operating through midnight Thursday after the surprise strike, around 40 percent of its 191 flights were expected to be canceled throughout Friday, affecting 15,000 passengers.
As of 9:30 p.m. Friday, information from EVA Air's website showed that at least 670 flights will be canceled between Saturday and June 29.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel