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CAL to resume regular flight schedule Saturday

2019/02/15 17:12:10

Ho Nuan-hsuan (何煖軒, right)

Taipei, Feb. 15 (CNA) China Airlines (CAL), one of two major aviation companies in Taiwan, will resume regular flights on Saturday, as a strike by its pilots over better pay and work conditions has ended, CAL Chairman Ho Nuan-hsuan (何煖軒) said Friday.

Ho thanked all the parties concerned for their help during the Feb. 8-14 strike and promised that CAL would pay due compensation to the passengers who were affected.

Of the 700 CAL pilots who were on strike, about 450 have returned to work and all scheduled flights will resume Saturday, CAL said.

The airline has estimated its losses from the week-long strike, which started halfway through the Lunar New Year holiday, at NT$380 million (US$12.33 billion).

The pilot strike, staged during a peak travel time in Taiwan, affected 145 flights and 26,529 passengers, including 13 flights and 2,569 passengers on Friday alone, at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, the country's main gateway, according to Taoyuan International Airport Corp senior vice president Jerry Dann (但昭璧).

In line with a collective agreement reached between CAL and the Pilots Union Taoyuan Thursday night, the airline said, its manpower costs will increase by NT$114 million per year.

(By Pan Chih-yi, Chiu Chun-chin and Flor Wang)