Skyjet cancels services in Taiwan shortly after operation: report

Taipei, Aug. 23 (CNA) Philippine-based Skyjet Airlines called off its charter flights to and from Taiwan Saturday, just a week after it started offering such services, according to local media. The airline's abrupt cancellation of flights has left about 200 Taiwanese in four tour groups stranded on the Philippine island resort of Boracay, according to the Chinese-language United Daily News. Skyjet was scheduled to offer 13 charter flights between Aug. 15 and Aug. 31 between Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport and Boracay.
Its Aug. 15 inaugural flight, however, was aborted after the pilot detected abnormalities. Three more flight delays on the same route occurred later in the week, and all of them were cancelled due to what Skyjet described as "aircraft mechanical malfunction," the report said. With its poor operating record in Taiwan, Skyjet will have to go through further examination if it plans to fly to Taiwan again, according to the Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA). (By Lee Hsin-Yin)