20 more flights canceled in Taiwan as CAL pilot strike enters 3rd day

Taiwan's China Airlines pilot strike enters 3rd day, 20 more flights canceled

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(By Central News Agency)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- After talks between Pilots Union Taoyuan and China Airlines (CAL) broke down yesterday (Feb. 9), Taiwan's first airline pilot strike has entered its third day, resulting in 20 more flight cancellations today.

According the latest information from the CAL website, 20 flights scheduled for today and tomorrow have been canceled and one has been delayed due to the ongoing strike.

The key issue in the dispute was pilot fatigue, with the union demanding concessions, while management of Taiwan’s largest carrier said adding staff would increase expenses and affect its competitiveness.


Pilots protesting in front of the Ministry of Transportation and Communications. (CNA photo)

After 9 p.m. yesterday, the talks, supervised by the Ministry of Transportation and the Taoyuan City Government, broke down without any consensus being reached on any demand by the strikers.

As a result, the strike has entered its third day today, the last day of the Lunar New Year vacation, while the negotiators even failed to set a time for the next round of talks.

The Pilots Union Taoyuan represents 900 of CAL's 1,300 pilots. Of these, over 400 have joined in the strike thus far.

The striking pilots have the following demands:

  1. Additional pilots to be present on longer flights in order to prevent fatigue
  2. Make training programs and promotion tracks for copilots more transparent
  3. Prohibit the penalizing of union members for union activities
  4. Dismiss managers who harm employer-employee relations
  5. Guarantee full year-end bonus packages for employees

The following are the CAL flights which have been canceled or delayed today:

2019-02-10 (Sun.)

Cancelled

CI011 JFK - TPE

CI031 YVR - TPE

CI752 SUB - SIN

CI053 TPE - BNE(02-11) - AKL

CI055/052 TPE - SYD v.v.

CI188/189 TPE - PUS v.v.

CI861/862 TPE - PNH v.v.

CI919/920 TPE - HKG v.v.

CI927/928 TPE - HKG v.v.

CI711/712 KHH - MNL v.v.

CI002/CI001 TPE - HNL v.v.

CI032 TPE - YVR

CI051 TPE - SYD

CI063 TPE - VIE

CI075 TPE - FCO

2019-02-10 (Sun.)

Delay

CI935/936 KHH - HKG v.v.

2019-02-11 (Mon.)

Cancelled

CI054 AKL - BNE - TPE

CI031 YVR - TPE

CI052 SYD - TPE

CI064 VIE - TPE

CI076 FCO - TPE

Information about flight cancellations can be found in English on the China Airlines website here.