Airlines to help evacuate Taiwan nationals from Vietnam (update)

05/15/2014 10:23 AM

Taipei, May 15 (CNA) China Airlines (CAL), one of Taiwan's two major international airline companies, said it will fly a charter plane to Ho Chi Minh City later Thursday to bring Taiwanese expatriates home after anti-Chinese riots erupted in Vietnam.

In addition, both China Airlines and EVA Air, the other major international air carrier based in Taiwan, said they will increase the capacity of scheduled flights between Vietnam and Taiwan by using larger aircraft.

CAL said it will use a Boeing 747-400 jet for the charter flight, which can carry up to 389 passengers.

The flight is scheduled to take off at 4:50 p.m. from Taiwan and arrive in Ho Chi Minh City at 7:15 p.m. before returning an hour later.

That flight is expected to arrive back in Taiwan at 0:40 a.m. Friday, the company said.

Preparations are being made for a second charter flight in case of increasing demand for flights out of Vietnam, CAL said.

A total of 307 extra seats will also be available on two China Airlines flights scheduled for Thursday, bringing the total number of passengers it can fly to Taiwan that day to 1,167, the carrier said.

No details about EVA Air's increased capacity are immediately known.

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

(By Bien Chin-feng, Jay Chen and Lee Hsin-Yin)ENDITEM/jc

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