Hong Kong Airlines has suspended all flights departing and arriving Hong Kong between 1000 on October 21 and 0200 on October 22. The cancellations come as tropical cyclone Haima is predicted to make landfall in Hong Kong on Friday (October 21) morning.
Hong Kong Airlines passengers can rebook their flights without charge by visiting the carrier’s website.
Meanwhile, budget carrier HK Express has cancelled numerous flights between Hong Kong and Chiang Mai, Danang, Fukuoka, Mandalay, Ningbo Osaka, Phuket, Seoul, Taichung, Tokyo Narita and Wuxi.
Numerous airlines, along with Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA), have issued precautions to travellers warning of flight disruptions as a result of the typhoon. Cathay Pacific has said it expects significant disruptions, “including cancellations and delays, for flights to/from Hong Kong from approximately 11:00am to 10:00pm on Friday, 21 October,” according to its latest travel alert last updated at 1930 on Thursday, October 20 at the time of writing. Flights after 2200 on Friday are expected to also encounter delays due to air traffic restraints.
According to HKIA’s arrivals/departures schedule, a number of flights arriving and departing Hong Kong between 0800 and 2200 on Friday have already been cancelled. Airlines affected include: AirAsia; Air Canada; All Nippon Airways; Asiana Airlines; Cebu Pacific Air; China Airlines; China Eastern Airlines; China Southern; Eva Air; Finnair; Jetstar Japan; Juneyao Airlines; Malindo Air; Mandarin Airlines; MIAT Mongolian Airlines; Qantas; Spring Airlines; Tigerair; United Airlines; Vanilla Air; Vietnam Airlines and Xiamen Airlines.