CORONAVIRUS/China Airlines, EVA Air extend suspension of direct flights to London - Focus Taiwan News Channel

Taipei, Jan. 6 (CNA) China Airlines (CAL) and EVA Airways said Wednesday that their suspension of direct flights to London will continue through February, due to the escalation of the COVID-19 situation in the United Kingdom.

The extension followed a decision in December 2020 by the two airlines to cancel all direct passenger and cargo flights between Taoyuan and London for the month of January.

On Wednesday, CAL said the suspension of its flights between the two cities will carry over into February because the U.K. was battling a new, highly infectious variant of the virus that causes COVID-19.

EVA Air, meanwhile, said it has halted all flights on that route at least until the end of February, due to the spike in COVID-19 cases in the U.K., and will decide on further changes depending on the pandemic situation.

A source familiar with the matter told CNA, however, that the latest decision by the two Taiwanese carriers was also based on manpower considerations, in light of Taiwan’s quarantine rules for flight crews arriving from the U.K.

According to disease prevention and control measures regulations imposed by Taiwan’s Central Epidemic Command Center, flight crews coming in from the U.K. are required to quarantine for 14 days, twice the period for those arriving from countries.

(By Wang Shu-feng and Evelyn Kao)