Taipei, Flights between Taoyuan and London will be halved from this week following the escalating COVID-19 situation in the United Kingdom, starting with EVA Airways suspending round-trip flights, according to the airline Tuesday.
EVA Air said the schedule for future flights will be adjusted based on how the epidemic unfolds, while China Airlines (CAL), the other major international carrier in Taiwan, said its London flights on Dec. 25 will operate as normal.
Currently, there are two flights per week from London to Taoyuan, one each operated by EVA Air and CAL.
Under the new policy announced by the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) earlier Tuesday, only one flight will be allowed to fly the London-Taoyuan route per week, with the two airlines flying alternately.
The CECC also announced earlier that all arrivals from the U.K. as well as travelers who have visited the country in the two weeks prior to coming to Taiwan will be quarantined at designated government centers upon arrival.
Over 200,000 new COVID-19 infections have been reported in the U.K. in the past week, according to data provided by its government. A total of 33,364 cases were recorded on Monday and 35,928 on Sunday, the most in a single day in the U.K. since the start of the pandemic.
The surge has in part been attributed to a new variant of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. Dubbed VUI-202012/01, the variant was first detected in the U.K. in September, and may be up to 70 percent more transmissible than existing strains.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel