Typhoon Malakas has forced 68 flights to be canceled or delayed at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, affecting around 12,800 passengers, the company that runs the airport said Saturday.
Taoyuan Airport Corp. said that as of 4 p.m., a total of 68 flights were disrupted, mostly China-registered air carriers, including 39 passenger flights that were canceled, 25 flights that were delayed and four cargo flights that were canceled.
The company said that based on the average of 570 flights that arrive at and depart from the airport on a daily basis, the affected flights accounted for 11.9 percent of the total.
Meanwhile, a total of 143 domestic flights were canceled while one flight was delayed as of 11 a.m. Saturday due to the effects of Typhoon Malakas, the Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) said.
UNI Air announced Saturday that its round-trip service between Songshan to Kinmen B7-8801 will be canceled on Sunday.
Its flights to and from Matsu before 10 a.m. that day will be canceled as well, but will return their normal schedule after 10 a.m.
As Sunday will be the last day of the four-day Mid-Autumn Festival holiday, UNI Air said it will offer four additional flights -- including two flights between Kinmen and Songshan, one between Kaohsiung and Magong and one between Magong and Songshan.
As of 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Malakas was centered some 140 kilometers east-northeast of Taipei, moving at a speed of 12 km per hour in a north-northeasterly direction, the Central Weather Bureau data showed.
It is packing maximum sustained winds of 162 kph, with gusts reaching 198 kph, according to the bureau.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel