Taiwanese airlines worried about reports of Italian flight ban over coronavirus

CAL has one flight per week to Rome, EVA planning to launch a Milan route in February

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CAL and EVA were investigating reports Friday that Italy was banning flights from Taiwan.

CAL and EVA were investigating reports Friday that Italy was banning flights from Taiwan. (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwanese airlines were investigating reports Friday (Jan. 31) evening that Italy had banned all flights from China, Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan amid growing fears of the spread of novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV).

UDN mentioned an unconfirmed report that the weekly China Airlines flight between Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport and Rome had been suspended until April. EVA Airways’ plans to launch a service between Taoyuan and Milan on Feb. 18 might be endangered if the report is true.

Both airlines told UDN they were trying to find out whether the reports of a ban by Italy were correct.

According to AFP, the Italian government said it was the first government of a European Union country to suspend all flights to and from China, but it did not mention Taiwan.