Two more flights to bring ROC citizens back to Taiwan from Hubei are scheduled to fly on Mar. 29 and 30, with some people complaining about the cost of airfare, which is RMB 2,100, being too high. Premier Su Tseng-chang said the price is set by the airlines and he sees nothing wrong with the logic of passengers paying for their own tickets.
The Straits Exchange Foundation has announced two flights departing Shanghai on Mar. 29 and 30 for the 800-plus ROC citizens still in Hubei. Both are existing China Airlines commercial flights that will be operated in a "charter model" with medical personnel and no other passengers on board. Over 400 people have registered so far, but many are complaining the cost of airfare is too high. Premier Su Tseng-chang says users should pay.
We are doing what we can to protect the safety of the passengers on the flight and the safety of our 23 million compatriots. As for the cost of airfare, users should pay.
The foundation says ticket prices, which are RMB 2,100 for passengers over the age of 12, RMB 1,700 for passengers between 2 and 12, and RMB 200 for passengers under 2, were set by China Airlines. One pan-green lawmaker says people shouldn't complain when they can get home and everyone is trying their best.
What's most important is for them to get home as soon as possible. Why are these people even having these thoughts?
With regards to joint cross-strait disease prevention, action speaks louder than words.
On the 26th, the Executive Yuan announced a 40 percent wage subsidy of up to NT$20,000 per month for tourism industry companies that don't lay off workers and continue paying employees 80 percent of their wage. One lawmaker says Taiwan's bailout budget is nominal compared to other countries and the government should expand the distribution of consumer vouchers.
We need to bail out anyone that needs bailing out. That is why it's called a "bailout." There should be equal treatment for everyone.
From a social perspective, we need to seriously think about the distribution of consumer vouchers. We also need to think about whether we need to prepare for the distribution of unemployment relief funds.
Opposition lawmakers have been calling for Health and Welfare Minister Chen Shih-chung to be replaced. Su is dismissing the calls.