Flight disruptions as storm approaches
The China Post news staff with CNATAIPEI, Taiwan -- Some of Taiwan's major airlines announced changes on Friday to their Saturday flight schedules due to the arrival of Super Typhoon Usagi, which is expected to dump heavy rain across the island.
September 21, 2013, 12:07 am TWN
Far Eastern Air Transport canceled flights between Taipei and Magong in Penghu on Saturday after 10 a.m., as well as all flights between Kaohsiung and Magong. In addition, the airline's flights between Kaohsiung and Kinmen are taking off ahead of schedule. FE091 will take off at 8 a.m. and FE092 will take off at 9:20 a.m.
The airline's flights between Kaohsiung and Haikou in Hainan province, China are taking off ahead of schedule too. FE189 will take off from 6:30-8:30 a.m. and FE190 will take off from 9:30-11:30 a.m.
China Airlines, the country's largest carrier, has canceled flights CI308 and CI309 between Taipei and Kaohsiung on Saturday and both legs of its return flight between Kaohsiung and Osaka (flights CI166 and CI167) will take off an hour ahead of time.
EVA Airways and UNI Air said their international flight schedules would remain unchanged, but UNI Air flights between Taipei and Taitung before noon would be canceled.
Another Taiwanese airline, TransAsia Airways, said its flight schedule on Saturday would not be affected by the storm.
With Super Typhoon Usagi closing in, wind speed and sea waves around Taitung have increased in scale. Ferry services between Taiwan and remote islands have mostly been canceled.
With wind speed picking up around Pingtung's coastline, ferry services from Donggang Township to Lamay Island have been canceled. Additional private vessels will be provided to transport people on Lamay Island back to Taiwan.
All ferry services between Matsu Island and Fuzhou on Friday and Saturday are canceled as well.
Due to unstable weather conditions, the Taiwan Railway Administration (TRA) canceled many of its transport services between Taipei, Kaohsiung, Taitung, Hualien and other cities last night.
The TRA said that with expected heavy rainfall brought by typhoon Usagi, services on the South-Link Line which connects the eastern and western coasts of Southern Taiwan would be canceled. However, in order to transport those on the East Coast, the TRA would add three additional lines: Fu-Hsin Express 5698 (from Taitung at 6:50 p.m. to Xinzuoying at 10:23 p.m.), Tsu-Chiang Express 5273 (from Taitung at 6:50 p.m. to Shulin at 12:30 a.m.) and Tsu-Chiang Express 5271 (from Hualien at 6:20 p.m. to Shulin at 9:54 p.m.)