EVA Air Hit by Cancellations, Delays as Flight Attendants Strike

Jun 20, 2019

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EVA Air canceled flights and faced additional schedule disruptions after flight attendants at Taiwanese carrier walked off the job Thursday.

The strike has forced the cancellation of some of the airline’s high-profile international flights, including those on routes between Taipei and Chicago O’Hare, Hong Kong and Seoul, South Korea, according to Reuters.

EVA acknowledge the disruption on a special “strike information” page posted to its website. “We are doing our best to return service to our regular schedule as quickly as possible,” EVA Air said, though it did not provide additional information.

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EVA did not immediately say how broad it expected the disruption to be. However, flight-tracking service FlightAware showed 63 cancellations on Thursday and 50 delays as of 12:40 pm ET (12:40 am Friday Taipei time). The cancellation tally represented more than 30% of EVA’s Thursday schedule, according to FlightAware.

The labor action by flight attendants comes after their union failed to reach an agreement with management on pay.

“After repeatedly negotiating with the company over the disputes with no result, the union realizes that discussions will not lead to a resolution, and we hereby announce that all union members will go on strike,” Chou Sheng-kai, deputy secretary general of the Taoyuan Flight Attendants Union, said to the South China Morning Post of Hong Kong.

Management and the union had been trying to resolve differences over flight pay allowances, annual bonuses and overtime work since 2017, according to the newspaper.

Channel News Asia adds flight attendants also are “reportedly unhappy over nine round-trip flights which they say often result in more than 12 hours of work. EVA flight attendants on those nine routes are currently required to work on both legs of each trip.”

The report did not specify which routes are those said to be singled about by attendants.

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