Wed, Sep 04, 2002 - Page 1 News List

Air Canada, Qantas move to cut back their Taiwan flights

AFP , TAIPEI

Air Canada and Australia's Qantas Airways are cutting flights to Taiwan due to dwindling profits on the routes, officials from the companies said yesterday.

Air Canada will suspend its daily services between Vancouver and Taipei in the winter season from Oct. 27 to the end of March, Raymond Chang, the company's Taipei general manager said.

"The suspension is based on commercial considerations as profits are low in winter," he said.

The company would later consider whether to extend the suspension or further scale down its operations in Taiwan, he said.

During the suspension, the route will be served only by China Airlines (華航) and EVA Airways (長榮).

Qantas will stop its twice-weekly flights between Sydney and Taipei from Nov. 25. Passen-gers booking through Qantas would be offered seats on EVA flights in a co-sharing arrangement, said Rita Pan, the Qantas media liaison official in Taipei.

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