TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Far Eastern Air Transport (FAT, 遠東航空) announced Saturday evening it was taking 17 laid-off flight attendants back after their colleagues disrupted flights earlier in the day.
The 17 had been sacked without warning after they had protested about a pay dispute with the company. Saturday morning, 21 of the 46 flight attendants due to work that day suddenly took sick leave, leading to the cancellation of flights to Harbin and Penghu and affecting hundreds of passengers.
In the evening, FAT issued a statement saying it welcomed the 17 to return to the company beginning Monday May 8 and to discuss their willingness to keep working at the airline and to reach a consensus about the payment issue. FAT also apologized to the passengers whose travel had been affected Saturday.
During the morning, FAT flight FE135 from Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport to the Chinese city of Harbin and its return leg, FE136, were canceled, but later domestic flights FE087 and FE088 between Kaohsiung and Magong in Penghu were also grounded. Several other flights suffered delays, reports said.
The flights to and from Harbin should have had a total of 284 passengers, who were assisted in finding transport on flights by China Airlines, EVA Air and China Southern Airlines, reports said.