On December 29, 2020, EVA Air admitted having fired eight employees due to the violation of Taiwan’s pandemic prevention regulations.
In a statement, EVA Air revealed that it had fired four pilots and four cabin crew members for breaking pandemic prevention rules. However, the airline did not explain which anti-pandemic rules have been breached.
“Regrettably, since March, there are still 4 flight attendants and 4 pilots who have violated the epidemic prevention regulations. The company has removed all of them from their posts to serve as an example,” as outlined in the statement.
On December 24, 2020, EVA Air fired a New Zealand national who has worked as a pilot, blaming him for the violation of pandemic prevention regulations. The pilot allegedly filed an untruthful health report after he contracted the virus earlier in December 2020.
Taiwan’s government fined EVA Air $35,000 for the New Zealand pilot incident. Since then, the government has tightened pandemic prevention rules for airline’s crew.