By: Lee Hsin-Yin
Taipei, July 2 (CNA) EVA Airways on Tuesday canceled 550 out of 1,655 flights between July 11-19 due to an ongoing strike by its flight attendants, which is expected to affect 86,900 passengers, the airline said.
While EVA Air will be able to increase its transport capacity from 60 percent to 70 percent during the period as it said more cabin crew have changed their minds and returned to work, it is unlikely that the airline's flight schedule will return to normal by the end of the month.
The announcement followed an impasse in negotiations between the carrier and the Taoyuan Flight Attendants Union (TFAU), which had lasted 11 hours Tuesday but made little progress.
While the company backed down on a decision to punish 27 flight attendants who left their positions before the strike started June 20 before further investigation is carried out, it remained reluctant to withdraw a statement it issued May 8. [FULL STORY]