National flag carrier China Airlines will take over the routes of the recently defunct TransAsia Airlines until the middle of February next year. That was the decision from the Cabinet on Friday.
Earlier this week, TransAsia made the shocking announcement that it would end operations due to financial difficulties. The airline had struggled to recover following fatal crashes in 2014 and 2015 that led to a drop in bookings. The sudden closure leaves 1,700 people out of work and many ticket holders without flights.
The Cabinet announced today that China Airlines will take over the routes on a stopgap basis. The Cabinet said the move is to ensure that TransAsia's domestic ticket holders are able to return home for the Chinese New Year holidays.
Premier Lin Chuan has met with the transport minister, Ho Chan Tan, in the hope that other airlines will be able to take over TransAsia's routes after the holiday.
Source: Radio Taiwan International