Japanese Aviation Operations Under Threat From Typhoon Hagibis


A major storm system is moving towards the Japanese coast. The expectation is that it will make landfall on Saturday, October 12th. In fact, the storm is in the category of “super typhoon” and goes by the name Typhoon Hagibis. The strength is equal to a category five hurricane. The storm is likely to disrupt and have a negative impact on Japanese aviation. Preparations for Japanese aviation According to CNN, flights departing and arriving from both Tokyo Haneda and Tokyo Narita on October 12 have been canceled. Two of the country’s busiest airports, this affects at least 1187 flights and nearly 190,000 passengers. For airline All Nippon Airways (ANA) this means 602 flight cancellations – 490 domestic and 112 international, affecting 101,000 passengers. As for the other major airline, Japan Airlines (JAL), there is a total of 585 flight cancellations. Of these, 513 are domestic and 72 are international. In total this affects 88,000 passengers. This is part of the official statement from ANA:

“Violent Typhoon Hagbis is expected to approach Japan with an extremely violent winds and heavy rain. Depending on the course of Typhoon Hagbis, flights to/from the following airports may be affected during October 12 to 13. On October 12, flights to/from Tokyo Haneda and Tokyo Narita Airports have been canceled and [severely] delayed, except for a part of midnight and early morning flights…All International Flights to/from Nagoya Chubu and Osaka Kansai Airports [have] been canceled on October 12.” Japan Airlines has similar information and notes that change fees won’t be charged for passengers affected by the storm: “We will not charge any handling fees for the changes or refunds resulting from the anticipated effects on operations caused by bad weather (typhoon, etc) or natural disasters.” 


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