China Airlines, one of Taiwan’s two major carriers, faces major disruption Friday after a pilot’s union announced a strike just hours before the action was due to take effect, the first of its kind during an extended Chinese New Year holiday week.
Passengers can expect long delays at all three major airports in Taiwan following the announcement made close to midnight Thursday by the China Airlines branch of Pilots Union Taoyuan.
In its announcement, the branch aid the strike will begin at 06:00 a.m. local time, affecting Taoyuan and Kaohsiung International Airports and Taipei Songshan Airport.
It was not immediately known how many pilots will take part in the strike or how long the action may last.
Out of a total of 1,300, some 500 China Airlines pilots responded positively earlier in the week to a questionnaire over the possibility of a strike during one of the busiest periods of the year for air travel.
The Ministry of Transportation said in the early hours of Friday that it was setting up an emergency center to cope with the issue. The 9-day holiday is due to end on Sunday.