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COVID outbreak causes Taiwan’s China Airlines to scrap North American flights

Flights to and from LAX, San Francisco, Vancouver canceled

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CAL has canceled flights to Los Angeles, San Francisco and Vancouver in early May 

CAL has canceled flights to Los Angeles, San Francisco and Vancouver in early May  (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Following the evacuation of a Novotel hotel near Taiwan’s main airport Thursday (April 29) after a staff manager tested positive for COVID-19, China Airlines (CAL) announced it was canceling 12 flights to and from three North American destinations.

Among the 412 guests and employees who had to leave the hotel near Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport were more than 100 pilots for the country’s largest carrier, reports said.

As a result, CAL canceled the six CI008 flights to Los Angeles from April 29 to May 13 and the return flights for CI007 during the period of May 1-15. The five flights by CI004 to San Francisco between April 29 and May 13 as well as the return flights of CI003 from May 1-15 were also scrapped.

The same fate befell the May 2 flight of CI032 to Vancouver and its return flight, CI031, on May 4, the airline announced.

The latest outbreak of local coronavirus cases in Taiwan started with the Indonesian pilot of a CAL cargo plane and later expanded to include several of the airline’s other pilots.


Updated : 2021-05-14 11:18 GMT+08:00