Dragonair announced at 1700 today that based on the latest weather forecast regarding Typhoon Saola, it plans to resume Taiwan flights from 2000 today (August 2). Two flights from Hong Kong, which were originally scheduled to depart for Kaohsiung at 1645 and 2155 today will now take off at 2000 and 2015. Seven of today’s flights to or from Taipei, Kaohsiung or Taichung will be postponed to tomorrow. Six flights to or from Taichung or Kaohsiung have been cancelled.
Meanwhile, sister airline Cathay Pacific also plans to relaunch Taiwan operations, and this will take place from 2200 today.
Typhoon Saola caused 52 flight cancellations and six flight delays at Taipei Taoyuan Airport (TPE) yesterday (see story here), and continued to disrupt flights today.
According to Taiwan Central Weather Bureau, at 1215 today, the centre of typhoon Saola was near the coast of Yilan, moving towards the northwest direction and affecting most areas of Taiwan including Taipei, Keelung, Yilan, Taoyuan, Hsinchu, Taichung and Nantou.
Most flights arriving or departing TPE were cancelled or postponed. Airlines with cancelled Taipei flight operations included Japan Airlines, Cathay Pacific (CX), Xiamen Airlines, China Southern, Eva Airways, China Eastern, Qantas Airways and Dragonair (KA).
Both carriers extended their recommended re-booking or re-routing period to August 5, waiving charges for booking alterations of all tickets issued worldwide, irrespective of fare type, on or before 31 July for travel on CX or KA to, from or via the said regions between August 1 and 5.
CX and KA advise customers to first check the carriers’ websites before departing for the airport. CX and KA will continue to monitor the situation closely and will issue further updates.
For updates on all flights at Taipei Taoyuan International Airport, visit www.taoyuan-airport.com.