In another blow for relations between Taiwan and the Philippines since coastguards killed a Taiwanese fisherman, a major Philippine airline has announced the cancellation of a planned Cebu-Taipei route, SCMP reports.
Alongside Manila and Davao, Cebu is one of the largest cities in the Philippines. The city is home to the second busiest airport in the country. Bookings from Taipei have suffered since the Taiwanese government issued a red travel advisory for the Philippines.
Cebu Pacific spokesperson Candice Iyog says flights between Manila and Taipei will continue. She said “it would be a bit difficult to start [the new route] with the current tension… some passengers [had] already requested refunds or travel changes.”
Another airline, Zest Air, announced last week that it had also cancelled flights between Taipei and Kalibo, the closest airport to famous tourist beach Boracay (长滩).
The Taiwanese government has rejected the Philippines’ apology over the incident and has halted the hiring of Filipino workers. Taipei also rescinded a previous invitation to take part in a regional basketball tournament.
[By Angela Sy // Image credit: Jack Victor]