Taiwan carrier on strike during Lunar New Year travel rush

BEIJING (AP) — Pilots from Taiwan's China Airlines have gone on strike during the Lunar New Year travel rush, forcing the cancellation of 26 flights over coming days.

Hundreds of the state-owned carrier's 1,300 pilots were believed to have joined the action Friday over complaints of long work hours on long-haul routes and the refusal of management to make improvements in order to suppress costs.

The Lunar New Year is Taiwan's busiest travel period, with thousands flying home to island or taking trips abroad. The airline said flights canceled included those bound for Hong Kong, Bangkok, Los Angeles, Manila and Tokyo.

The official Central News Agency said a one-day strike of the airline's flight attendants in 2016 forced 76 flights to be canceled.