CAA planning to reduce flight attendant duty time

CAA planning to reduce flight attendant duty time(By Wang Shu-fen and Y.F. Low for focustaiwan)Taipei, Nov. 9 (CNA) The Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) said Monday that it is planning to revise related regulations to reduce the maximum duty hours for flight crews, in the wake of protests by flight attendants over long work hours.

On Monday, members of a flight attendant trade union in Taoyuan submitted a petition to the Ministry of Transportation and Communications requesting the ministry to revise the Aircraft Flight Operation Regulations.

A flight attendant said while the maximum work hours stipulated in the Labor Standards Act are 168 hours per month, the maximum duty hours for a flight crew as stipulated in the Aircraft Flight Operation Regulations are 230 hours for 30 consecutive days of work.

Yu Yi-shih (喻宜式), deputy chief of the CAA’s Flight Standards Division, said the duty hours for flight crews are counted differently from the work hours of other workers, pointing out that flight crew duty hours also include time spent on training and being on standby, among other factors.

The CAA nevertheless is prepared to revise the Aircraft Flight Operation Regulations to reduce the maximum flight crew duty time from 230 hours to 200 hours for 30 consecutive days of work, Yu said.

A public hearing will be held in December to collect opinions from related sectors, he said.

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