Local airlines said Tuesday that some of their flights scheduled to depart from airports in southern Taiwan the next day have been disrupted due to the impact of approaching Typhoon Meranti, which is expected to sweep past southern Taiwan over the coming two days.
China Airlines (CAL) said it has canceled its return flight CI7867/7868 between Tainan and Hong Kong, return flight AE981/986 between Kaohsiung and Hong Kong, return flight CI134/CI135 between Kaohsiung and Japan's Sapporo, return flight CI757/758 between Kaohsiung and Singapore, return flight CI593/594 between Kaohsiung and China's Chongqing, return flight CI132/133 between Kaohsiung and Okinawa, and return flight CI937/938 between Kaohsiung and Hong Kong on Wednesday.
The carrier also canceled its flight CI947 from Kaohsiung to Hong Kong, flight CI308 from Kaohsiung to Taoyuan, northern Taiwan, and flight CI301 from Taoyuan to Kaohsiung that same day.
Some other Wednesday CAL flights from Kaohsiung to Osaka, Manila, Hong Kong, China's Hangzhou and Japan's Narita will depart ahead of schedule -- CI166, CI711, CI933, AE995 and CI102, respectively.
CAL flights CI712, CI165, CI167, CI103 and CI948 will see their departures postponed to early Thursday, it said.
TransAsia Airways said it has canceled its return flight GE361/362 between Kaohsiung and Macau on Wednesday, while flight GE365 from Kaohsiung to Macau, flight GE366 from Macau to Taichung and return flight GE3862/3861 between Taichung and China's Nanning will depart ahead of schedule Wednesday.
Except for flights between Taipei and eastern Taiwan's Hualien, all other TransAsia Airways domestic flights have been canceled for that day, it said.
Budget carrier Tigerair Taiwan also announced that the departure times of its flights IT285 from Osaka to Kaohsiung, IT284 from Kaohsiung to Osaka, IT321 from Kaohsiung to Macau and IT322 from Macau to Kaohsiung on Wednesday will be delayed.
Tigerair Taiwan's flight IT211D from Osaka to Taoyuan will see its departure time delayed to early Thursday, while the departure of flight IT302 from Macau to Taoyuan will be postponed to Thursday night, it said.
Uni Air said all its flights from Kaohsiung, Tainan and Chiayi to outlying Kinmen and Matsu islands on Wednesday will be canceled.
EVA Airways said its flight BR797 from Kaohsiung to China's Guangzhou on Wednesday morning will depart ahead of schedule.
Far Eastern Air Transport said all its flights departing from Kaohsiung will be canceled for Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Hong Kong's Cathay Pacific Airways said it has canceled its subsidiary Dragonair's flights from Hong Kong to Kaohsiung -- KA452, KA432, KA442 and KA436 -- and flights from Kaohsiung to Hong Kong -- KA453, KA433, KA443 and KA437 on Wednesday.
Passengers were urged to check with their airline for the latest update on flight information.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel