Travel industry insiders claim that Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines will withdraw from the Taiwan market, ending the company’s Taoyuan-Tokyo route on May 24, Yahoo News reported. Taiwan’s Civil Aviation Administration said that it has not received any indication from the airline. Delta has also not officially announced its exit from Taiwan.
Industry insiders believe that the reason for Delta ending this route could be due to greater competition from low-cost carriers such as Scoot and Tiger Air. Travelers would still be able to travel to Tokyo on SkyTeam member airlines China Airlines and Korean Air.
Delta Air Lines entered the Taiwan market in 1986, but exited in 1996. The airline returned in 2010 with daily return flights to Tokyo.
Delta is expected to make an official announcement about the action on January 15.
Delta CEO Ed Bastian said on CNBC’s “Squawk Box” that increased consumer confidence following Donald Trump’s election boosted the airline’s earnings despite its fourth quarter revenue and EPS falling from a year earlier. Its quarterly revenue and EPS still beat estimates.