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Strike forces Taiwan's Eva Air to cancel scores of flights, suspend bookings

Strike forces Taiwan's Eva Air to cancel scores of flights, suspend bookings

File photo of Eva Air plane. (Photo: Facebook/Eva Air)

TAIPEI: Taiwan's Eva Airways said it cancelled 71 flights on Friday (Jun 21), affecting around 15,000 passengers, and suspended bookings temporarily due to a strike by flight attendants over pay.

Eva Air's website showed that flights from Taipei to New York, Toronto, Chicago, Los Angeles, Paris, Singapore and Osaka were among those cancelled.

The airline said about half of its operations were impacted by the strike. Bookings are suspended for flights departing from Friday through to Jun 29, the company said.

Singapore Airlines (SIA), which codeshares with Eva Air, said that affected passengers may approach EVA Air directly, contact SIA or go to Eva Air's website.

Codesharing involves SIA placing its flight numbers on partners' services. 

"Singapore Airlines has assisted to accommodate some passengers from the affected EVA Air flight cancellations to our own flights," a spokesperson for SIA added.

"When travelling on a codeshare flight operated by our codeshare partner, the conditions of carriage of the operating carrier applies," the spokesperson said. 

"As EVA Air is the operating carrier of the flights that are cancelled due to the strike, our codeshare passengers can approach it directly for assistance."

Eva Air, best known internationally for the Hello Kitty livery on some of its jets, operates flights to many destinations around Asia as well as to North America and Europe.

The carrier said its Hello Kitty jets, service and meal items would not be available during the strike due to the need for frequent changes to its fleet.

Source: Reuters/aa


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