Typhoon Trami causes Taiwan-Japan flight disruptions

Tapei, Taiwanese carriers on Friday canceled or delayed flights to Japan for Saturday due to Typhoon Trami, as the storm seems set to veer toward the Ryukyu Islands and Japan after approaching Taiwan.

EVA Airways and China Airlines (CAL) said all of their flights between Taoyuan and Okinawa will be canceled, and CAL said its round-trip flights between Taoyuan and Ishigaki Island will be delayed to Sunday.

Tigerair Taiwan said its round-trip flights IT230/231 and IT232/233 between Taoyuan and Okinawa as well as flights IT288/289 between Kaohsiung and Okinawa will also be postponed to Sunday.

As of 2 p.m. Friday, Trami was located 640 kilometers east-southeast of Taipei, moving at a speed of 13 kilometers per hour in a north-northwest direction, according to the Central Weather Bureau.

Carrying maximum sustained winds of 162 kph and gusts of up to 198 kph, the typhoon is forecast to speed up and begin to turn north toward Japan, the bureau said.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel