LONDON – Super typhoon ‘Hinnamnor’, reported to be the strongest global storm of 2022, has forced evacuations and the cancellation of some flights services out of Japan.
With the typhoon approaching the Japanese southerly Okinawan islands, flights in the region have been disrupted. Both Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways (ANA) have cancelled certain flights due to the strong wind conditions.
Okinawa plays host to the majority of US air bases in the Japan region.
Japan Airlines flight cancellations
Japan Airlines has cancelled 56 flights, which has interrupted the travel plans of over 3,000 passengers. The airline currently has warnings of potential cancellations/disruptions for services into Taiwan’s Taoyuan International Airport (TPE), which serves Taipei and the northern Taiwan region.
September 3: Japan Airlines (JAL) has cancelled all flights at Kikai (KKX), Tokunoshima (TKN), Okinoerabu (OKE), Yoron (RNJ), Kumejima (UEO), Okinawa Naha (OKA), Miyako (MMY), Tarama (TRA), Yonaguni (OGN), New Ishigaki (ISG), and Shimojishima (SHI) airports
September 4: Cancellations are expected at Kikai (KKX), Amami (ASJ), Tokunoshima (TKN), Okinoerabu (OKE), Yoron (RNJ), Kumejima (UEO), and Shimojishima (SHI) airports.
All Nippon Airways (ANA) flight cancellations
ANA has cancelled flights across the weekend, with 44 flights cancelled so far for Saturday and 22 for Sunday.
September 3: All Nippon Airways (ANA) has also cancelled all flights at Miyako (MMY) and New Ishigaki (ISG) airports. Some flights at Okinawa Naha (OKA) have been affected.
September 4: Okinawa Naha (OKA), Miyako (MMY), and New Ishigaki (ISG) airports.
Image: Location of Typhoon Hinnamnor on 3 Sep 0600 UTC Source: Joint Typhoon Warning Center
According to data from the US Joint Typhoon Warning Center, near Japan, Typhoon Hinnamnor is currently registering sustained windspeeds of approximately 160 miles (257 kilometres) per hour with wind gusts of over 195 miles per hour.
Further flight cancellations in the region are likely as Super Typhoon ‘Hinnamnor’ progresses.