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Taiwan's China Airlines cancels 6,500 flights, asks employees to take special leave due to coronavirus


The spread of coronavirus across the worls takes its toll to the airline companies and one of them is Taiwan's main airline carrier China Airlines as it cancels 6,500 flights until April.


In an internal letter to its 10,000 employees, China Airlines (CAL) said the impact of the epidemic has been like an "avalanche," and it asked for understanding and cooperation if the situation worsens and tighter measures become necessary, CNA reported.

Currently, the airlines is only operating at 50 percent capacity on average. The letter asked the company's more than 10,000 workers to take a leave of absence, compensatory leave, and special leave.

China Airlines fears that even after the epidemic wanes, the company will need a longer period of time to recoup its losses than in previous crises.


Additionally, the outlook is even more dismal for travel agencies, which are absorbing pressure from consumers, airlines and upstream tour operators. Travel agencies are at risk because of the slowdown in cash flow.

The current situation is also causing frustration among travelers, who are losing money and have had their plans disrupted.


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