Flights disrupted due to Chinese military exercises around Taiwan
As China announced military exercises around Taiwan in response to U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to the island, disruptions in operations of Korean airlines began with Asiana Airlines announcing Thursday that direct flight schedules to Taiwan will be adjusted starting the same day.
According to Asiana Airlines, direct flights to Taiwan will depart three hours earlier than originally planned to start Thursday, the first day of China’s military exercises.
Asiana Airlines flights to Taiwan depart Incheon International Airport at 10 a.m. every day and arrive at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport near Taipei at 11:30 a.m. local time. Direct flights between Incheon and Taiwan are operated six times a week except on Mondays.
If China’s military exercises continue on into Friday and the weekend, cancellation could also be considered, according to aviation industry insiders.
Korean Air, Asiana Airlines and low-cost carriers (LCCs) have also decided to change routes for some Southeast Asian flights. Flight times could be extended by a minimum of 15 minutes to a maximum of one hour and 30 minutes.
“Passengers will have no choice but to experience inconveniences due to these flight schedule changes and delays,” said an LCC official. “Additional costs are also incurred for airlines. We hope the situation gets back to normal soon.”
BY LIM JEONG-WON [firstname.lastname@example.org]