Two Chinese airlines canceled plans for extra flights in the wake of M503 dispute
By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – China blamed Taiwan for the cancellation of plans for extra
Lunar New Year flights, but the island’s Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) said Tuesday it was still willing to talk.
After China unilaterally decided to launch the northbound M503 civil aviation route close to the median line of the Taiwan Strait earlier this month, Taiwan protested, leading to two Chinese airlines canceling plans for 176 extra flights for the February 15-20 holiday.
Transportation Minister Ho Chen Tan (賀陳旦) on Tuesday denied that he was not approving the flights by China Eastern Airlines Corporation and Xiamen Air, the Central News Agency reported. The fact was that the airlines had suspended their applications, not that Taiwan had rejected them, the MOTC said. [FULL STORY]