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Two charter flights to help evacuate Taiwanese from Vietnam (update)

2014/05/15 13:20:20

One of the Taiwanese factories in Binh Duong, southern Vietnam, that were set on fire in Anti-China riots Tuesday

Taipei, May 15 (CNA) China Airlines (CAL), Taiwan's largest airline company, said it will fly a second charter flight Thursday to carry up to 158 passengers from Vietnam, where anti-Chinese riots erupted two days ago.

That flight, along with a previously announced charter and two scheduled flights, will bring the total number of passengers the company can fly back to Taiwan that day to 1,325, the carrier said.

The second charter flight, using a Boeing 737-800 jet, is scheduled to take off at 7:30 p.m. in Taiwan and arrive in Ho Chi Minh City at 9:55 p.m.

It will then depart at 10:50 p.m. to return to Taiwan at 3:15 a.m. Friday, the carrier said.

The previous arranged charter flight, offering 389 seats, is nearly fully booked, CAL said.

There are thousands of Taiwanese nationals working in Vietnam and hundreds of tourists from Taiwan currently visiting the country.

(By Lee Hsin-Yin)

Related stories:
●May 15: Airlines to help evacuate Taiwan nationals from Vietnam (update)
●May 15: Situation in Vietnam has improved: foreign minister
●May 14: Taiwan activates emergency mechanism for expats in Vietnam

(Click here for developments related to the anti-China protest-turned-riot in Vietnam.)