House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has caused quite the stir by refusing to cancel her trip to Taiwan after threats from the Taiwanese government demanding that she do so.
“China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) launched three-day-long military exercises in the airspace and waters surrounding Taiwan on Thursday, disrupting and canceling flights throughout Asia and threatening to cause further flight cancellations in the coming days,” the Korea JoongAng Daily reported.
The Korea JoongAng Daily also noted that Beijing ordered the PLA drills in response to U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taipei this week.
China Airplane Announcement
“[D]isruptions in operations of Korean airlines began with Asiana Airlines announcing Thursday that direct flight schedules to Taiwan will be adjusted starting the same day,” the Korea JoonAng Daily reported.
“Korean Air, Asiana Airlines and low-cost carriers (LCCs) have also decided to change routes for some Southeast Asian flights. Flight times could be extended by a minimum of 15 minutes to a maximum of one hour and 30 minutes,” the Korea JoongAng Daily reported.
“Passengers will have no choice but to experience inconveniences due to these flight schedule changes and delays,” an unidentified South Korean LCC official said to the newspaper.
“Additional costs are also incurred for airlines. We hope the situation gets back to normal soon,” the newspaper added.
“The drills and associated exclusion zones may prompt regional maritime shipping delays. The exercises could restrict shipping traffic in waterways to ports in Taiwan. Flight disruptions cannot be ruled out at airports in Taiwan and, potentially, offshore helicopter services,” Breitbart News reported that the information service cautioned.
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