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Typhoon results in flight disruptions in Taiwan

2012/08/01 15:44:38

Taipei, Aug. 1 (CNA) Domestic and international flight schedules in Taiwan were disrupted Wednesday due to the influence of Typhoon Saola, the Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) said.

As of 11 a.m. Wednesday, seven international flights, including flights between Taipei and Fuzhou, Tokyo, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, and five domestic flights between eastern and northern Taiwan had been canceled in anticipation of increasing winds.

The nation's largest carrier, China Airlines, said, however, that none of its flights before noon were delayed or canceled because of the storm.

Two other local carriers, Far Eastern Air Transport and Eva Airways, said they did not expect any adjustments to their flight schedules before 6 p.m. and midnight, respectively.

The storm was slowly heading toward northeastern Taiwan, but it had already dumped heavy rain in several parts of the island.

As of 3:00 p.m., the storm's center was 170 kilometers east-southeast of Hualien in eastern Taiwan, and the Central Weather Bureau predicted that it would bring torrential rains and strong winds later in the day as it gets closer to the island.

(By Lee Hsin-Yin)