Typhoon Lekima disrupts air, sea travel in Taiwan

TAIPEI (CNA) — Several Taiwan-based airlines have announced changes to their flight schedules for Friday due to the approaching Typhoon Lekima, while ferry services across the country will also be largely halted.

All China Airlines (CAL) flights departing Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport before 3 p.m. Friday will either be postponed or canceled, the airline said.

Flights CI62, CI64, CI52 and CI54 arriving at Taoyuan from Frankfurt, Vienna, Sydney and Brisbane will be delayed, it added.

Mandarin Airlines said all its flights from Taipei Songshan Airport will be canceled, while Taichung-Kaohsiung flights will operate as normal.

Meanwhile, flights AE965/966 between Taichung and Ningbo in China will depart one hour ahead of schedule.

Budget carrier Tigerair Taiwan said it will also cancel flights IT301 and IT302 between Taoyuan and Macau; flights IT230 and IT231 between Taoyuan and Okinawa; flights IT240 and IT241 between Taoyuan and Fukuoka; flights IT210 and IT211 between Taoyuan and Osaka, Kansai; flights IT538 from Cebu to Taoyuan.

EVA Air and Uni Air both said Thursday that some of their flights departing from Taoyuan and Songshan will either be postponed or delayed in the morning, while flights between Taichung and Kaohsiung will operate as normal.

Far Eastern Air Transport (FAT) said all domestic flights departing from Songshan will be canceled, but flights leaving Taichung and Kaohsiung will operate as normal. Meanwhile, Kinmen-Kaohsiung flights will be postponed until 2 p.m.

On international routes, the airline said Taoyuan-Niigata and Songshan-Fuzhou flights will be canceled, while flights leaving from Taoyuan to Jeju and Da Nang will leave earlier at 6:30 a.m., but their return flights are to be pushed back to Saturday.

Japan-based All Nippon Airways (ANA) said flight NH824 from Taoyuan to Narita in Tokyo will be canceled.

Budget carrier AirAsia said some of its flights between Taoyuan and Manila, Cebu, Boracay and Clark will either be canceled or postponed until Saturday.

China Southern Airlines said all its flights to Taiwan will be canceled.

With regard to ferry services, the Maritime Port Bureau announced Thursday the suspension of several domestic and international services due to Typhoon Lekima.

The disruptions include services between Keelung-Matsu, Kaohsiung-Magong, as well as Matsu to Fuzhou in China.

Ferry services between Budai in Chiayi and Magong in Penghu will also operate only a reduced service, the bureau said.

By Wang Shu-fen and Ko Lin