EVA Airways to cancel Taipei-Paris passenger flight service

The China Post news staff and agencies

TAIPEI, Taiwan — The Taipei-based EVA Airways Corp. said yesterday it will suspend Taipei-Paris passenger services from Nov. 23 due to increased fees for over-fly routes and rising operating costs.

The Eva Airways has decided to cancel its Taipei-Paris passenger flight service from Nov. 23 due to increasing operational costs and begin cargo-only transportation service on the route in January 2008, according to an EVA Air news release issued yesterday.

EVA said in the news release that surging fuel prices and the high fees for the right to fly through Russian air space have made it uneconomical for the airline to offer passenger flight service on the route.

EVA Air currently provides three Taipei-Paris passenger flights every week. “We blame the high expenses for the service suspension. After the suspension, EVA Air will shift the capacity to its Taipei-Los Angeles passenger services,” an EVA Air spokeswoman said.

The spokeswoman said that after passenger flight service is canceled on the route, the planes currently serving the route will be added to the fleet serving the Taipei-Los Angeles route as the number of flights offered by the airline on the latter route will be increased from 17 per week to 20 per week.

However, eyeing strong demand for air cargo services in Europe, EVA Air is scheduled to launch Taipei-Paris cargo services, flying twice a week from January 2008, the spokewoman said.

She said the average load factor of cargo flights to Europe for EVA Air can reache as high as 90 percent.

“We are aimed at maximizing the efficiency of our operations,” she added. EVA Air suggested that passengers planning to fly to Paris take EVA flights destined for other European cities, including London, Amsterdam and Austria, from where they can take other flights or the Eurostar express train to Paris.

Meanwhile, EVA Air also announced it will launch non-stop flight service to New York City Dec. 4, canceling the current scheduled stop in Seattle, Washington. The airline said the move will reduce travel time on the route by four hours.

The airline further said that the return flight from New York to Taipei will include a 75 minute refueling stop in Anchorage, Alaska, which it noted as necessary due to strong head winds on the route.