Various Taiwanese news outlets have been reporting on Greece refusing to grant China Airlines landing permissions, thus forcing the carrier to halt the sale of summer charter flight tickets to Athens.
No air service-agreements have been signed between Taiwan and Greece. However, according to Taiwanese CAA officials, charter flights can be flown as long as governmental approvals are granted.
Some media agencies have been linking this issue to the pro-independence party taking power in Taiwan and China exerting pressure. Another speculation blamed the political and economic chaos in Greece.
CI first applied for the route in March
The airline planned to fly a total of 18 flights during the period between 6/3 and 10/7
At the time both the Greek CAA and Ministry of Foreign Affairs welcomed the decision and saw it as a boost for the Hellenic economy
The Taiwanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs also assisted CI in obtaining landing rights
However, a couple of months have passed and the approval has still not been granted
This situation will effect around 1000 passengers
CI and local travel agencies are working hard to send these travelers to Greece through multiple flights