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Typhoon Saola leaves air traffic in chaos

2012/08/02 15:59:45

Taipei, Aug. 2 (CNA) More than 100 domestic and international flights were disrupted Thursday at airports in Taiwan due to the influence of Typhoon Saola, the Civil Aeronautics Administration said.

As of 11 a.m., 77 domestic flights and 35 international flights had been either delayed or canceled due to the weather conditions.

However, the nation's two biggest carriers, China Airlines and Eva Airways, said their flight schedules had been unaffected.

Far Eastern Air Transport said that with the exception of several domestic flights between Taiwan proper and the outlying islands, its other flights would follow their original schedules.

Meanwhile, the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport reported several instances of damage to airport facilities, including the collapse of two air bridges, which affected departures.

The country's main gateway also saw power failures and leaks in the terminal, leading to delayed security and boarding procedures.

As of 2:30 p.m., the typhoon was centered 50 km east of Taipei and was set to bring more extreme rainfall to central and northern Taiwan, the Central Weather Bureau said.

(By Lee Hsin-Yin)