Taipei, Sept. 7 (CNA) Taiwan-based China Airlines (CAL) and EVA Airways said Friday they will resume flights the following day to the northern island of Hokkaido as an earthquake-affected airport is also expected to restart full operation on Saturday.
CAL and EVA Air will fly to the New Chitose Airport in Sapporo, which was forced to close on Thursday in the wake of a magnitude 6.7 earthquake.
CAL said it will also fly additional round-trip flights CI2130/2131 between Taoyuan and Sapporo, as well as CI2100/2101 between Taoyuan and Tokyo Narita on Saturday to help transport passengers.
EVA Air said it will use bigger aircraft on its schedule flights BR116/115/166/165 between Taoyuan and Sapporo, as well as BR138/137 between Taoyuan and Hakodate.
According to Taiwan's Tourism Bureau, as of Friday evening, there remained 1,261 Taiwanese tourists in 41 groups stranded in Hokkaido.
Another 935 Taiwanese tourists in 27 groups planning to travel to the region have either delayed or canceled their trips, the bureau said.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel