China Airlines Cancels London Route

Taiwan-based SkyTeam Alliance member China Airlines is ending its direct links between London/Heathrow and Taipei from March 25 blaming high oil prices and the European financial crisis that it claims has reduced passenger demand on the route and so dented its profitability.  Currently, China Airlines operates twice-weekly flights using Airbus A340s, but will instead establish a daily codeshare agreement with KLM on the Dutch carrier’s London to Amsterdam service where it will connect with the existing Amsterdam-Bangkok-Taipei rotation.  A company source has hinted that the non-stop London link might be reinstated when Air China starts to take delivery of its fuel-efficient A350s in 2014-2015.