Flight attendants from one of Taiwan's biggest carriers, EVA Air, went on strike on Thursday afternoon, following a breakdown in talks with the company over pay, according to the employees' union.
In a brief statement, the Taoyuan Flight Attendants Union said attendants who were union members were required to go on strike.
EVA said that as of April it employed 4,305 cabin crew " about a third of its total workforce. The union said about 3,000 of the carrier's flight attendants were union members.
The carrier has not said how many flights would be affected by the industrial action, but aviation authorities estimated that the disruptions would involve at least 7,000 passengers and 76 flights, including 33 between Taiwan and the mainland.
The Taipei-based China Times reported that more than 310 flights and 40,000 passengers would be affected.
The Taiwanese carrier operates nine return flights between Taipei and Hong Kong daily.
One EVA flight was still scheduled to fly to Hong Kong " BR871 at 4.40pm " on Thursday after the start of the strike while three others " BR857, BR809 and BR827 " were cancelled.
Passengers who bought tickets on EVA via Hong Kong Airlines could also be affected, although HKA and China Airlines, another major Taiwanese carrier, could help fly some stranded travellers.
The threat of a cabin crew strike over pay has been brewing since March.
The industrial action comes just months after a week-long strike by pilots from China Airlines forced about 30,000 passengers to either change or cancel their travel plans over the Lunar New Year.
The strike cost the airline more than NT$500 million (US$16 million) in compensation to passengers and flight disruptions.
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