Taiwanese airlines cancel flights to Osaka for second day due to storm

Taipei, Taiwanese carriers announced Wednesday that all their flights to Osaka will be canceled the following day as the airport there remained closed due to massive flooding caused by Typhoon Jebi.

China Airlines (CAL), EVA Airways and Tigerair Taiwan, which had all canceled their flights to Kansai International Airport on Wednesday, said they will not resume flights there on Thursday.

Furthermore, CAL said, it has canceled all its flights to Kansai airport through Sept. 11 and instead will use larger aircraft on the route between Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport and Takamatsu Airport, the closest operational hub to Kansai.

CAL said it will also operate a bigger jet between Taoyuan and Chubu Centrair International Airport in Nagoya, which is also near Kansai.

Meanwhile, Tigerair Taiwan has canceled its flights to Kansai until Sept. 11 and will operate additional round-trip flights between Taoyuan and nearby Okayama Airport on Sept. 8, 9, and 11, it said.

Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific has also announced flight cancellations between Taoyuan and Kansai at least until Sept. 10.

Kansai airport has been flooded by storm surges from Typhoon Jebi, which left some 3,000 passengers there stranded Tuesday night before ferries and speedboats were deployed Wednesday to evacuate them, according to international news reports.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel