China Airlines will offer weekly flights between Taipei and London Heathrow, and resume its hot meal service on long-haul flights.

The carrier said it is temporarily altering the Taipei-London Gatwick route to Taipei-London Heathrow (LHR) instead from June 19 through to October 24.

The service will initially be freight-only, but a once-a-week passenger flight is currently scheduled between July 3 and July 31, the airline said.  The weekly passenger flights will depart from Taipei for London Heathrow every Friday, and return from London Heathrow to Taipei every Saturday.

Further adjustments on these flight services from August onwards “will depend on border restrictions and market demand at the time”.

China Airlines says it will also start adjusting its in-flight catering services on long-haul flights by offering  hot meals to passengers.

The carrier says a “hot main course” will also be served along with a disposable boxed meal “to provide travellers on long-haul routes with a more comfortable journey”.

The Taipei-based airline is also increasing the number of flights on some routes in July. For regional routes, this include Tokyo, Bangkok, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Penang. For long-haul routes, the carrier says it will increase frequency on routes to Los Angeles, San Francisco, Amsterdam and Frankfurt.