Typhoon Malakas disrupts flights in Taiwan

Typhoon Malakas has forced dozens of flights to be canceled or delayed at Taiwan's main gateway, the Taoyuan International Airport, although the airport remains in normal operation, Taoyuan Airport Corp. said Saturday.

As of 9 a.m. Saturday, 39 passenger flights had been canceled and 10 others delayed, affecting 9,800 passengers, the company said.

Three cargo flights, meanwhile, had also been canceled, it added.

Because the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) has predicted that the typhoon will bring more visible rain and wind to northern Taiwan Saturday afternoon, the company advised passengers to check the latest flight information with the airlines before heading off to the airport.

As of noon Saturday, Malakas was centered 110 kilometers east of Yilan, moving in a northerly direction at a speed of 16 kilometers per hour and carrying maximum sustained winds of 162 kph, according to the CWB.

Other airports in Taiwan were also affected. According to Taiwan's Civil Aeronautics Administration, as of 11 a.m. Saturday, a total of 143 domestic flights have been canceled and 1 delayed due to the typhoon, while 54 cross-strait or international flights have been canceled and 10 such flights delayed.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel