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146 flights affected, more to be canceled as typhoon nears Taiwan
【Society】2016-07-07  21:02:46
Taipei, July 7 (CNA) Super Typhoon Nepartak, which is expected to hit Taiwan late Thursday, has affected 146 flights to and from Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport and more flight cancellations have been announced for Friday.

Taoyuan International Airport Corp. said as of 6:00 p.m. Thursday, 35 departing and 75 arriving passenger flights have been canceled, with another 12 delayed. Eighteen air cargo flights were canceled and six were delayed.

Meanwhile, air carriers have separately decided to cancel flights from Taiwan on Friday, when the typhoon will likely bring strong winds and heavy rain across the island.

For example, China Airlines (CAL) said it is canceling all flights from Taichung and Tainan throughout Friday as well as those departing from Taoyuan airport by Friday noon and those departing from Kaohsiung by 2:00 p.m.

Mandarin Airlines, an affiliate of CAL, is canceling all domestic flights Friday and those serving the Taichung-Hong Kong, Taipei- Incheon, Kaohsiung-Incheon, Taichung-Wuxi, Taichung-Ningbo and Taichung-Hon Chi Minh City routes. Flights on the Taichung-Liuchiu and Taichung- Meixian routes will be delayed until Saturday.

EVA Air said flights arriving in Taipei after 11:00 p.m. Thursday will be postponed by 12 hours and those departing Friday for Osaka, Okinawa, Sapporo, Incheon, Zhengzhou, Manila, Hong Kong and Macao will be canceled.

Uni Air is canceling all domestic flights Friday as well as those bound for Fuzhou and Qingdao.

The airport corporation reminded passengers to check the status of their flights with their airline before heading to the airport.

(By Wang Shu-fen and S.C. Chang)
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