By: Wei Shu, Chen Wei-ting and Elaine Hou
Taipei, April 16 (CNA) China Airlines (CAL), Taiwan’s largest airline company, has canceled its flight on Sunday from Kaohsiung to Kumamoto in southern Japan, in the wake a magnitude 7.3 quake early Saturday that forced the shutdown of the airport in that prefecture.
The airline operates flights from southern Taiwan’s Kaohsiung to Kumamoto on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays.
Due to the strong earthquake, the carrier said the flight on Sunday has been canceled. When the flight service is resumed will depend on when the airport is re-opened, it added.
The earthquake was also felt in the neighboring prefecture of Fukuoka in the Kyushu region.
Following the quake, two Taiwanese budget airlines — V Air and Tigerair Taiwan — also announced Saturday that they will allow customers to reschedule flights to Fukuoka due to safety reasons. [FULL STORY]