Delta Air Lines Inc. is ending service to Taiwan, according to news reports.
On Jan. 13, Delta Air Lines Inc. ( DAL) announced it would be ending its only Taiwanese route, according to Investopedia.com quoting a report in The China Post. The route is scheduled until the end of May. Delta said it plans to shift more flights to Tokyo Haneda Airport, but did not explain why that would mean closing the Taiwan route, which it has operated since 2010. The US-based Star Tribune said in a report in August last year that Delta was ending some of its Narita routes because of changes to aviation rules. The newspaper said the decision signaled a shift in Delta’s Asia model away from mega hubs and toward direct flights. “Without a significant network restructuring, Delta’s position in the region would be significantly weakened,” Vinay Dube, Delta’s senior vice president of Asia Pacific, was quoted in the report as saying.
Delta Air Lines recently reported nearly $4.4 billion in net income for 2016, down slightly from $4.5 billion a year earlier as the carrier faced pressures from higher fuel costs. Last November, the company announced a 6 percent raise for all ground workers and flight attendants effective April 1, 2017.