TranAsia closure disrupts Lunar New Year holiday flight plans

The unexpected announcement by TransAsia Airways on Tuesday that it was dissolving the company has disrupted plans to arrange additional flights between Taiwan and China during the next Lunar New Year holiday in late January.

The Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) said Wednesday that because of TransAsia's sudden move to withdraw from the aviation market, plans made for additional flights to bring Taiwanese living in China back to Taiwan for the holiday will have to be adjusted.

The CAA said it has been in discussions with its Chinese counterpart on the issue of additional cross-strait flights during the Lunar New Year holiday, but new arrangements will have to be made after TransAsia's dissolution.

TransAsia operates flights to 13 destinations in China, and travelers who have booked cross-straight flights with TransAsia now have to find other airlines that can accommodate their travel plans.

At the same time, additional Lunar New Year flights originally assigned to TransAsia will now have to be switched to other airlines, according to the CAA.

Local travel agents said seats between the most popular Chinese destinations, such as Shanghai and Hangzhou, and Taiwan during the Lunar New Year holiday were almost sold out by the end of October.

"It will be very difficult" to find other airlines that can accept TransAsia passengers and their travel schedules, one travel agent said.

TransAsia Airways announced Tuesday that it is suspending all flights and dissolving the company because of its deteriorating financial situation.

In addition to domestic routes, TransAsia also flies to Japan, South Korea, China, Hong Kong, Macau, Thailand and Cambodia. It has estimated that 100,000 passengers would be affected by the suspension.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel