Wed, May 28, 2003 - Page 11 News List

EVA to cancel its flights to three cities in Japan

AFP , TAIPEI

EVA Airways Corp (長榮) will cancel flights to three Japanese cities next month as passenger loads have sharply dropped because of the SARS scare, a company official said yesterday.

The canceled services include weekly flights from Taipei to Fukuoka and Osaka and trice-weekly flights to Sapporo, the EVA official said.

Flights between Taipei and Tokyo next month, meanwhile, would be reduced from two flights daily to one, he added.

In total, 24 weekly flights to Japan would be canceled next month.

Whether or not the services would be resumed for July depended on market conditions and the SARS situation, the official said.

China Airlines Co (華航) said its Japanese routes were in normal operation except for flights to Okinawa, which had been halved to one daily on a temporary basis.

China Airlines now also runs three daily flights to Tokyo and one each to Fukuoka and Nagoya daily.

The SARS outbreak has gravely impacted the tourism industry with CKS International Airport posting more than an 80 percent fall in passenger volume so far this month.

EVA saw its revenues fall last month by 9 percent from last year mainly due to a 35-percent decrease in income from its passenger services, the company said.

EVA's average passenger load declined to 50 percent for European and US routes and 30 percent for Asian routes this month as compared with an average 70 percent in previous months.

Flights to Hong Kong, Macau and Southeast Asian countries were also subject to daily adjustment depending on the number of passengers, the official said.

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