Typhoon Matmo disrupts flights in and out of Taiwan

07/23/2014 05:45 PM

Taipei, July 23 (CNA) Typhoon Matmo disrupted air traffic as it barreled through Taiwan on Wednesday, affecting 112 flights at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, the country's main international gateway by early in the afternoon.

As of 2 p.m., 23 departing flights and 18 arriving flights were canceled, roughly 7 percent of the traffic the airport handles every day, the airport said in a statement on Wednesday.

There were also delays to 32 departing flights and 39 arriving flights, most of them flying between Taiwan and China, the airport said.

The airport's operations had begun to return to normal as of Wednesday afternoon, the airport said, adding that no airport facilities were damaged by the typhoon's strong gusts.

The storm headed to China after leaving Taiwan's shores at 4 a.m., and it made landfall in Fujian province at 3 p.m., according to the Central Weather Bureau.

Matmo was packing maximum sustained winds of 119 kph, with gusts reaching 155 kph, the bureau said.

(By Lee Hsin-Yin)ENDITEM/ls

For latest flight information:●Taipei Songshan Airport (Airport code: TSA, for domestic services and flights to Tokyo Haneda, Seoul Kimpo and Shanghai Hongqiao)

Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport (TPE, for most international flights)

Taichung airport (RMQ, domestic flights and services to Hong Kong, China, and regional destinations in Asia)

Kaohsiung International Airport (KHH, for both international and domestic services)

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