Typhoon Nanmadol in the region has resulted in the cancellation of more than 500 flights in the southwestern region of Japan. Heavy rains and strong winds have made take-off and landing unsafe within the country and have affected aviation services in a big way. Due to the storm, various airlines have to cancel flights every hour. Mass cancellations have gone up to 500 domestic flights, with many more planned to be put on hold until further notice. However, if Typhoon Nanmadol does not subside, flights will remain suspended. Japan’s flag carrier Japan Airlines has canceled more than 350 flights so far, affecting itineraries for more than 7,000 passengers.
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The airline has canceled all flights to and from Kikai, Tokunoshima, Okinoerabu, Yoron, Tarama, Okinawa Naha, Kumejima, New Ishigaki, Amamioshima and Shimojishima airports.
The airline further cautioned that domestic flights originating from airports such as Niigata, Komatsu, Tokyo Haneda, Nagoya Chubu, Osaka Itami, Osaka Kansai, Nanaki-Shirahama, Tajima, Oki, Okayama, Izumo, Hiroshima, Yamaguchi Ube, Tokushima Huh. As Simpleflying reports, Takamatsu, Kochi, Matsuyama and many others will also be affected by cancellations or lengthy delays due to potential issues of poor visibility.
Typhoon Nanmadol engulfed Japan on Sunday with strong winds and heavy rain, causing blackouts, halting land and air transport and evacuating thousands. More than 9,000 residents took shelter at evacuation centers on Sunday. In neighboring Miyazaki Prefecture, another 4,700 people were evacuated.