Taipei, Several Taiwan-based airlines have canceled or postponed their flights to and from Japan's Okinawa over the next two days due to the approach of Typhoon Kong-Rey.
China Airlines (CAL), Taiwan's largest carrier, announced Wednesday on its website that its round-trip flights CI120/121 and 122/123 between Taipei and Okinawa on Thursday will be canceled.
In addition, CAL said, its round-trip flights CI132/133 between Kaohsiung and Okinawa and AE282/283 between Taichung and Okinawa on Thursday will also be canceled.
EVA Air, one of Taiwan's leading airlines, said all its flights scheduled for Thursday between Taipei and Okinawa will be canceled, while it will operate its bigger 777-300ER aircraft instead of the A321-200s on its round-trip flights BR112/BR113 and BR186/BR185 on Friday.
EVA has also delayed the departure time of flight BR185 from Okinawa to Taipei by two hours, which means it will leave at 9:55 p.m. on Friday.
Meanwhile, the budget carrier Tigerair said its round-trip flights IT230/231 between Taipei and Okinawa and IT288/IT289 between Kaohsiung and Okinawa on Thursday have been canceled.
Flight IT9232 (originally IT232) has been re-scheduled to depart at 6:20 p.m. Friday from Taipei to Okinawa, and the return flight IT233 will depart at 9:40 p.m. that same day from Okinawa, Tigerair said.
According to the Central Weather Bureau, Typhoon Kong-Rey was located 834 kilometers east of Taiwan's southernmost tip as of 8:00 p.m. Wednesday and was moving in a northwesterly direction at a speed of 17 kilometers per hour.
The storm, carrying maximum sustained winds of 162 kph and gusts of up to 198 kph, is expected to swing past Taiwan's northeast coast on Thursday as it moves toward Okinawa, the bureau said.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel
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