The China Post
EVA Air reported that uncollected fares from its 50 storm-canceled flights on Sunday represented a loss of NT$100 million in a single day. Amid two storms, the private carrier had canceled 50 flights at 4 a.m. on Sunday, disrupting the travel plans of thousands of passengers. It said Monday that the revenue lost was at least NT$100 million, not including the cost of re-accomodating passengers and not including the overtime wages for on-duty staff. Five hundred EVA employees had chosen to be off duty, exercising a newly won “natural disaster leave” for the first time and making it impossible for the EVA to service the 50 flights.
A Very Brief History of EVA’s Typhoon Day EVA Air had come under fire in 2016 for allowing takeoff during Typhoon Megi, a fatal storm that prompted other airlines to suspend hundreds of international flights. Following the decision, EVA issued an open letter apologizing to its staff and instituted a holiday that would be available in the event of a natural disaster. En masse, EVA employees applied for the holiday for the first time last weekend, causing mass delays and cancellations.
‘No wind and no rain’
Sun Yu-lien (孫友聯), secretary-general of the Taiwan Labor Front, said not a few passengers fumed that there was no wind, no rain and therefore no reason for the delay. But local governments did declare a typhoon day — and that’s a call “made on the basis of professional expertise,” Sun said. He said that to call a typhoon day meant that there was a certain degree of risk, and that in the interest of personal safety, employees certainly had the right to not provide their services in such a condition.