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China Airlines pilots strike in midst of New Year travel rush

Over 4,000 travelers to be impacted at three major Taiwan airports

A China Airlines plane at Taoyuan International Airport in Taiwan.   © Reuters

TAIPEI -- The pilot's union for Taiwan's China Airlines began striking on Friday, leading to the cancellation of 26 flights through Monday in a heavy blow to the region's peak travel season.

The stoppage comes in the midst of Asia's roughly weeklong Lunar New Year holiday, and could significantly erode customer trust in the island's flag carrier.

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