QUICK TURNAROUND:Minister of Transportation and Communications Hochen Tan said the airline’s cross-strait flights would be assigned to other carriers within a month
Date: Nov 25, 2016
By: Shelley Shan / Staff reporter
China Airlines would be taking over TransAsia Airways domestic air traffic rights, Minister of Transportation and Communications Hochen Tan (賀陳旦) said yesterday, adding that its rights to operate cross-strait flights would be reassigned to other carriers.
Hochen made the statement at a meeting of the legislature’s Transportation Committee. where Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) Director-General Lin Kuo-hsien (林國顯) also fielded questions from lawmakers.
Legislators asked both men to clarify a statement made on Wednesday by Executive Yuan spokesman Hsu Kuo-yung (徐國勇) that China Airlines is to take over all the routes operated by TransAsia, domestic and international.
Hochen said the government has assigned China Airlines TransAsia’s Taipei to Hualien and Taichung to Hualien routes, but that an operator for the Penghu to Kinmen route is still to be determined. [FULL STORY]