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Typhoon Soudelor causes massive flight disruptions

Typhoon Soudelor causes massive flight disruptions

Taipei, Aug. 8 (CNA) Air traffic in Taiwan was seriously disrupted Saturday due to Typhoon Soudelor, which had been battering the island with gusty winds and torrential rains since late Friday, according to the Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA). All 279 domestic flights were canceled for Saturday, and as of 11 a.m., 37 international flights were canceled and 68 international flights were delayed, the CAA said. Several Taiwanese carriers also extended flight adjustments for Saturday due to severe weather conditions. EVA Airways, which originally said all its international flights will operate as usual on Saturday, announced cancellations on its flights BR190, BR189, B7268, BR267, BR835, BR836, BR120, BR119, BR807 and BR808. V Air said its flights ZV9006 and ZV6032 will both be delayed for another day for departure at 9:35 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. on Sunday, respectively. More reports on flight disruptions from other airlines are expected later Saturday. The eye of the powerful storm exited into the Taiwan Strait mid-morning and as of 11 a.m., it was centered 60 km east-northeast of outlying Penghu County, moving at a speed of 18 km per hour in a northwesterly direction, the bureau said. It is packing maximum sustained winds of 144 kph, with gusts reaching 180 kph, it said. (By Lee Hsin-Yin)


Updated : 2021-09-25 11:48 GMT+08:00