Strike grounds EVA Air

HONG KONG, 5 July 2019: EVA Airways’ troubles continue as travel trade news sources confirm strikes will cause flight cancellations 11 to 19 July.

 Reports suggest the airline has now cancelled 550 out of 1,655 flights scheduled to and from Taiwan Taoyuan (TPE/RCTP), Taipei Songshan (TSA/RCSS), Taichung (RMQ/RCMQ) and Kaohsiung (KHH/RCKH) airports during 11 to 19 July.

The cancellations are blamed on the ongoing strike by the airline’s flight attendants.

The cancellations are expected to affect approximately 86,900 passengers from 11 to 19 July alone.

In an alert to clients, corporate travel management experts CTM said travellers should anticipate disruptions to EVA Air flight operations through 19 July.

The cabin crew strike has now entered its 15th day after latest negotiations on work conditions and wages broke down earlier this week.

The strike started 20 June following months of discussions between flight attendants and the owning company. So far it has disrupted over 2,000 flights and impacting about 405,000 passengers up until this week.

EVA  estimate its revenue loss stands at around USD56 million.

More than 2,000 flight attendants from Eva Air’s all-female cabin crew have been taking turns to join demonstrations outside the firm’s headquarters near Taoyuan International Airport since June 20.

Eva Air, best known internationally for the Hello Kitty livery on some of its jets, operates flights to many destinations around Asia as well as to North America and Europe.