China Airlines has confirmed that it will launch
flights to London Heathrow next month and resume serving hot
meals on its long-haul services.
The Taiwanese airline had been offering disposable boxed meals
to passengers in an attempt to reduce interaction between the
cabin crew and travellers. Now, a hot main course will also be served with the
boxed meal to provide passengers on long-haul routes with a more
As China Airlines’ ground services agent at
London Gatwick Airport (LGW) has temporarily ceased services,
China Airlines is altering the Taipei-London Gatwick
route to Taipei-London Heathrow (LHR) from 19 June through
to 24 October.
The service will initially be freight-only,
however China Airlines plans to operate one passenger flight per
week between 3 and 31 July. The weekly passenger flight will depart from Taipei
for London Heathrow every Friday, and return from London Heathrow
to Taipei every Saturday. Further adjustments to flight services
from August onwards will depend on border restrictions and market
demand at the time.
Currently all passengers arriving in the UK need
to self-quarantine for 14 days.
China Airlines is also increasing the
frequency of some passenger flights in July. For regional routes
these include Tokyo, Bangkok, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Penang. For long-haul routes these include Los Angeles, San Francisco,
Amsterdam and Frankfurt.
The airline has created a dedicated section of its
website and mobile app for travelers to check flight
information over the next 43 days, confirm that their flight will
be available, and plan their itinerary.