Flights delayed, more than 200 cancelled as typhoon hits Taiwan
If you are a passenger traveling into or out of mainland China and the Taiwan region these days, you are to receive a travel alert on Typhoon Maria’s impact on flight operations in the area and advice to check your flight status or amend travel plans if possible. On July 10, 2018, Taiwan warned businesses and schools to prepare for extreme conditions as the typhoon closed in on the island, and airlines and airports braced for disrupted operations.
The Taiwanese Central Weather Bureau said in a statement on July 10, 2018, that Typhoon Maria could bring strong winds and heavy rains to northern and central parts of Taiwan. Warnings of landslides and floods were also issued. Local governments in most part of northern Taiwan, including the capital, Taipei City, have announced closures of offices and schools, starting from 4 p.m. on July 10, 2018.
According to weather officials, Typhoon Maria was expected to approach the northern coast early on July 11, 2018, as it moves in a west-northwest direction at 19 mph (30 kph). The typhoon, at one point a super typhoon, was downgraded by the Central Weather Bureau to a medium-strength storm with wind gusts of up to 129 mph (209 km per hour), Reuters reports.
And as for flight disruptions, Bloomberg reported that airlines have canceled 161 international flights and 117 on domestic routes as of 10 a.m. on July 10, 2018, according to Taiwan’s Civil Aeronautics Administration. Taiwan’s two largest carriers, China Airlines and EVA Airways, have canceled many flights, warning more could be delayed because of the powerful typhoon, as did the Beijing-based Air China, the flag carrier of China.
The Hong Kong’s flagship carrier, Cathay Pacific Airways, and its regional subsidiary Cathay Dragon, have informed that their operations into and out of Okinawa (Japan), Taipei, Taichung (both in Taiwan), Fuzhou and Wenzhou (both in China) have been affected, with flights either cancelled or delayed on July 10-11, 2018. Surely, more delays and cancellations are on the way.
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