China Airlines halts Paris flights

Business | 22 Feb 2019 6:56 pm

Taiwan's flag carrier China Airlines said today it will suspend non-stop flights between Taipei and Paris by the end of March due to revenue losses on the route.

Eyeing route expansion opportunities, CAL began partnering with Air France to offer direct flights between Taipei and Paris last April, with three codeshare flights a week.

However, CAL later determined that the arrangement was not as profitable as expected because it was responsible for 40 percent of ticket sales, but Air France charged the airline a higher price per ticket than for regular passengers, resulting in mounting losses.

CAL president Hsieh Shih-chien said the flights are to be suspended because of cost considerations, but he did not disclose the size of the losses incurred.

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