CAL, EVA Air adding flights to Los Angeles as demand grows – Focus Taiwan News Channel

Taipei, June 8 (CNA) Taiwan-based EVA Airways and China Airlines (CAL) are adding more flights from Taiwan to Los Angeles, amid growing travel demand to the United States as COVID-19 has eased there but surged in Taiwan.

EVA Air increased its number of round-trip flights between Taoyuan and Los Angeles from three to seven per week, starting Monday, the carrier said.

Flights to other U.S. destinations remained the same, including three flights a week to San Francisco and New York, but the airline said it will adjust future services according to market demand.

CAL, which significantly cut back its flights starting April 29 after several of its pilots came down with COVID-19, also said Tuesday it will add flights to Los Angeles on June 22, 24 and 29.

Since the flight cut in April, the only North American destinations being served by CAL are Los Angeles, San Francisco, Vancouver and Ontario, California, on a flexible schedule.

Local travel agency Lion Travel confirmed the rebounding interest in travel to the United States as the COVID-19 pandemic comes under control there, even if travelers entering Taiwan are still required to isolate themselves for 14 days.

Some of the growing demand has been fueled by hopes of getting a vaccine jab there, because of a shortage of vaccines in Taiwan amid a domestic outbreak, according to the agency.

Lion Travel said last week that booking requests for U.S.-bound flights it had received in the first few days of June were 2.5 times the number received during the same period of April.

(By Wang Shu-fen and Lee Hsin-Yin)