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Mandarin, TransAsia cancel some flights as typhoon approaches

2016/07/06 20:35:41

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Taipei, July 6 (CNA) Mandarin Airlines and TransAsia Airways have announced the cancellation of most of their flights scheduled to take off in Taiwan Thursday afternoon amid the approach of Typhoon Nepartak.

Mandarin Air announced Wednesday the cancellation of all its domestic flights scheduled to take off after 2 p.m. the following day.

It will also cancel that day's flights AE1832 and AE1842 between Taichung and Hong Kong and flight AE231 from Seoul to Taipei, the company said.

In addition, the departure time for flight AE960 from Kaohsiung to Seoul has been brought forward to 3:30 p.m. from the original 6:05 p.m., while flight AE956 from China's Wuhan to Taichung, also scheduled for Thursday, will be postponed to July 8, Mandarin Air said.

Meanwhile, TransAsia Air announced that all its domestic and international flights scheduled to take off from Songshan Airport in Taipei after 1 p.m. Thursday will be canceled.

Its Thursday flights at the Kaohsiung airport will stop after 3 p.m., while those at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport will stop after 5 p.m., TransAsia said.

China Airlines, Taiwan's largest carrier, said it could adjust its flights scheduled for Thursday night and Friday morning, depending on the typhoon's movement.

It will publish information of its latest flight adjustments Thursday morning, the company said.

As of 8:30 p.m., Nepartak was centered 700 kilometers southeast of eastern Taiwan's Hualien, moving at a speed of 28-20 kph in a west-northwesterly direction, according to the Central Weather Bureau.

With a radius of 200 km, the storm was carrying maximum sustained winds of 209 kph and gusts of up to 263 kph, bureau data shows.

Nepartak is expected to make landfall in Taiwan late Thursday, and its effects are expected to be most strongly felt on Thursday and Friday, the bureau said.

(By Chen Wei-ting, Wei Shu and Elizabeth Hsu)