EVA Air offers charter flight to evacuate Taiwanese in Vietnam

05/15/2014 05:35 PM
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Taipei, May 15 (CNA) EVA Airways, Taiwan's second-largest airline carrier, said Thursday it was providing a charter flight later in the day to bring home Taiwanese in Vietnam, amid increasing demand for flights out of the Southeast Asian country since anti-Chinese riots erupted there two days ago.

The Airbus A321 jet has seating for 184 passengers, EVA Airways said, following a similar offer by China Airlines (CAL), Taiwan's largest airline, to operate two charter flights out of Vietnam Thursday to help evacuate Taiwanese.

The EVA flight is scheduled depart Taiwan at 10 p.m. Thursday and arrive in Ho Chi Minh City at 0:30 a.m. Friday, then return to Taiwan an hour later.

The two CAL flights will depart Taiwan at 4:50 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., respectively, on Thursday.

(By Lee Hsin-Yin)ENDITEM /pc

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