PEAK TRAVEL PERIOD: The strike affected 3,184 passengers yesterday, and union officials said that the number of participating pilots is likely to grow
Date: Feb 09, 2019
By: Jason Pan, Wu Liang-Yi and Jake Chung / Staff reporters, with Staff writer
Thousands of travelers faced major disruptions after a pilots’ union announced a strike
against China Airlines Ltd (CAL, 中華航空) yesterday morning — the first staged during a Lunar New Year holiday.
Shortly after midnight yesterday, the Taoyuan Union of Pilots said that China Airlines pilots who are union members would go on strike from 6am.
The airline, passengers and officials were taken by surprise, as many thought the union would not go on strike, because it is a peak travel period and tens of thousands of people had booked flights going abroad or returning to Taiwan.
As of noon yesterday, the Ministry of Transportation and Communications said that the strike had affected 3,184 passengers. [FULL STORY]