CAL cancels 15 flights amid pilot strike

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CNA file photo

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Taipei, Feb. 10 (CNA) China Airlines (CAL), one of Taiwan's largest airlines, canceled 15 flights Sunday, including two destined for Sydney, Australia and two for Hong Kong, as some of its pilots continued a strike that began two days earlier, according to the latest flight information on CAL's official website.

The 15 canceled flights included three in-bounds from New York to Taipei, from Vancouver to Taipei and from Indonesia's Surabaya to Singapore, according to data at
https://www.china-airlines.com/au/en/discover/news/press-release/announcement.

In addition to the cancellations, one delay will be made to the CI935/936 round-trip flight between Kaohsiung and Hong Kong, according to the carrier.

Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport Co. Vice President Jerry Dann (但昭璧) anticipated that the flight cancellations and delays will affect about 2,930 passengers. He urged travelers to pay close attention to the latest flight updates from CAL.

According to Dann, a total of 667 flights will arrive or take off Sunday at the Taoyuan airport, Taiwan's main gateway. There will be 163,128 travelers leaving or entering Taiwan that day, the highest since the airport was inaugurated in 1979, Dann projected.

Despite the ongoing pilot strike, flight take-offs and departures at the airport have so far been proceeding smoothly, Dann told CNA.

Meanwhile, the Pilots Union Taoyuan, which organized the strike, said the campaign will continue after no consensus was reached during six-hour negotiations with the management the previous day.

In August last year, the union, representing about 900, or 70 percent, of CAL pilots, voted in favor of a strike to demand improvement of overwork on flights, transparency in the company's promotion and training system for co-pilots, along with 19 other issues.

The union reached a preliminary agreement with CAL's management after the vote, under which consultation about the 21 issues should be completed in a year, but it decided to start the strike at 6 a.m. Feb. 8 as labor disputes resurged and talks broke down.

Union chairwoman Lee Hsin-yen (李信燕) said that more than 500 of over 1,300 CAL pilots have joined the strike.

Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) has asked both the labor and management sides to continue talks and to take consumer rights and interests as the top priority, Cabinet spokeswoman Kolas Yodtaka said Sunday.

The Ministry of Transportation and Communications' strike response team was scheduled to call a meeting later Sunday for discussions on how to protect consumer rights and to keep CAL flights from being disrupted, Kolas said.

She noted that the premier has instructed the ministry to serve as mediator to create more opportunities for both the CAL labor and management to sit down and talk. "The precondition is protecting consumer rights," she said.

(By Wu Rui-chi, Liu Shih-yi, Lung Po-an, Ku Chuan and Elizabeth Hsu)
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