Taipei-Taiwanese carriers reported flight disruptions Monday due to Typhoon Mitag, currently impacting eastern and southeastern Taiwan.
China Airlines said flights CI186/CI187 between Taoyuan and Busan, CI927/CI928 between Taoyuan and Hong Kong, and CI837 from Taoyuan to Bangkok are canceled.
Flights CI061 from Taoyuan to Frankfurt, CI063 from Taoyuan to Vienna and CI004 from Taoyuan to San Francisco are postponed.
EVA Airways said flights BR32 from Taoyuan to New York and BR12 from Taoyuan to Los Angeles will take off two hours ahead of schedule, while all other flights by EVA and its subsidiary, UNI Airways, departing from or arriving at Taoyuan after 6 p.m. are either delayed until 2 a.m. Tuesday or canceled.
Tigerair Taiwan said flights IT203 from Tokyo Narita to Taoyuan, IT221 from Osaka to Taoyuan, IT255 from Sendai to Taoyuan, IT506 from Bangkok to Taoyuan are postponed until Tuesday.
Flight IT220 from Taoyuan to Osaka took off earlier at 4:30 p.m., while IT606/IT607 between Taoyuan and Busan, IT305/IT306/IT307/IT308 between Taoyuan and Macau are canceled.
No flight disruptions have been reported from Far Eastern Air Transport.
As of 4 p.m. Monday, Mitag was located 210 kilometers southeast of Yilan, moving in a north-northwesterly direction at 25 kilometers per hour toward southeastern China, according to the Central Weather Bureau.
With a radius of 180km, it was packing maximum sustained winds (averaged over a 10-minute period) of 126kph, with gusts (sustained for 1 minute) of up to 162kph.
Mitag's periphery has reached eastern and southeastern Taiwan, and will pose a threat to areas north of Taichung, as well as Nantou, Yilan, Hualien, Taitung and outlying Matsu, forecasters said.
Mitag will be at its closest to Taiwan overnight Monday, the bureau said, though it also did not rule out the possibility that the storm could making land fall in northeastern Taiwan.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel