Taiwan airline passengers stranded in Hokkaido due to heavy snow

Over 1,000 passengers of Taiwanese airlines EVA Airways and China Airlines have been stranded in the northern Japanese city of Sapporo due to heavy snow, which has paralyzed the local airport and caused flights to be cancelled or delayed since Thursday.

More than 700 of the stranded passengers are scheduled to take EVA Airways flights to Taiwan from Sapporo, Hokkaido, according to the airline, which has arranged accommodation for them.

Its flight BR116, which left the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport Friday afternoon bound for New Chitose Airport in Hokkaido, also had to make a detour and land in Tokyo due to the heavy snow in the northern Japanese island, EVA Airways said

China Airlines said the snow has affected over five of its flights since Thursday and more than 300 of its passengers are now stranded at New Chitose Airport.

Because all hotels near the airport have been booked, China Airlines said it could only provide its passengers with sleeping bags and blankets and have them rest at the airport's departure hall.

The airline said its flights CI134, from Taiwan's Kaohsiung to Sapporo, and CI135, from Sapporo to Kaohsiung, which were scheduled for Friday, will be delayed for one day.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel