STARLUX, the new Taiwanese start-up carrier just had its inaugural flight last week on January 23.
However, they’re already facing trouble.
STARLUX currently flies from its hub in Taipei Taoyuan to three destinations: Macau, Da Nang, and Penang.
- Taipei to Macau operated 3x daily.
- Taipei to Da Nang (Vietnam) 2x daily
- Taipei to Penang (Malaysia) 1x daily.
However, since the coronavirus broke out, STARLUX announced it will scale back Macau down to 1x daily flight only.
From their Facebook:
= LATEST ANNOUNCEMENT =
Due to the effects of the new coronary virus outbreak, the flight movements of Starlux to Macau are as follows, and you can also check the flight movements 🔎 http://bit.ly/2O3jPq3
From January 30 to March 28:
🖋 Taoyuan - Macau Jx205, Macau - taoyuan jx206 cancelled
From February 16 to March 28:
🖋 Taoyuan - Macau Jx203, Macau - taoyuan jx204 cancelled
Following this, just yesterday, STARLUX faced more problems as Vietnam temporarily banned all flights from Taiwan, Hong Kong, China, and Macau meaning STARLUX was forced to cancel its Da Nang flight.
However, a few hours later, Vietnam reversed the ban and STARLUX was allowed to continue flying.
As of 3/4/20, STARLUX has reduced capacity by 83.3%. They now only operate one daily flight between Taipei and Da Nang.
Hopefully things recover as it’ll be a huge shame if STARLUX continues to reduce flights.