Typhoon Haikui affects Shanghai, Hangzhou and Ningbo flights (Update)

8 Aug 2012

Cathay Pacific and Dragonair have announced they will resume operations to and from Shanghai, Ningbo and Hangzhou "on a limited scale" from midnight this evening and then mount more flights in the early hours of Thursday morning.

The airlines said they expected ongoing disruption through Thursday 9th as airlines tried to recover their schedules and they advised travellers to defer non-essential travel. CX and KA said rebooking and rerouting charges would be waived for all tickets issued on or before 7 August 2012 for travel involving Shanghai, Hangzhou or Ningbo between August 7 and 10, 2012. 

The airlines said that flights before midnight would remain suspended, 

The passing of Typhoon Haikui over China’s east coast has disrupted flights into several of the region's airports, including Shanghai, Hangzhou and Ningbo.

A total of 244 international and domestic flights departing and arriving in Shanghai Hongqiao and Pudong airports were cancelled today, according to China Eastern's website.

The carrier's flights between Shanghai Pudong, Hangzhou, Ningbo, Fuzhou and Hong Kong were cancelled throughout today. The airline said passengers booked on the affected flights on 7-10 August may apply for rebooking or refund without incurring a charge. 

Cathay Pacific (CX) and Dragonair (KA) cancelled 34 flights from Hong Kong to Shanghai, Hangzhou and Ningbo until 1900 this evening. The airlines advised that further delays were possible, and that passengers should check their respective websites regularly for updates.

Nicholas Olczak

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