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Super Typhoon Mangkhut causes flight disruptions

2018/09/14 20:40:04

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Taipei, Sept. 14 (CNA) Some Taiwanese carriers announced flight disruptions Friday for the coming days due to Super Typhoon Mangkhut, which was close to the Philippines' Luzon Island and heading toward southern China.

EVA Airways said its flight BR827 from Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport to Hong Kong on Saturday and flight BR828 from Hong Kong to Taoyuan on Sunday will be canceled.

Tigerair Taiwan said that on Saturday, its flight IT271 from Fukuoka in Japan to Kaohsiung will depart ahead of schedule at 4:55 p.m.

Its flight IT288 from Kaohsiung to Okinawa will also take off earlier at 3:35 p.m., while flight IT289 from Okinawa to Kaohsiung will depart earlier at 7:10 p.m.

China Airlines had not announced any flight changes as of press time.

As of 5 p.m. Friday, Mangkhut was centered some 680 kilometers southeast of Taiwan's southernmost tip, moving at a speed of 28 kilometers per hour in a west-northwesterly direction, according to the Central Weather Bureau.

With a radius of 320 km, the storm was carrying maximum sustained winds of 209 kph, with gusts of up to 263 kph, according to the bureau.

(By Lee Hsin-Yin)