Dubai: Emirates has suspended flights to and from Osaka, Japan after the Asian country has been battered by its strongest typhoon in over two decades.
Packing winds up to 172 kilometres per hour (107 miles per hour), typhoon Jebi slammed the western region on Tuesday, bringing a deluge of rain, damaging infrastructure and causing the closure of Osaka Kansai International Airport.
Kansai International Airport in Osaka is currently closed because of extensive flooding after #TyphoonJebi— Flightradar24 (@flightradar24) September 4, 2018
At this point it's not known when traffic can resume.https://t.co/Vq9c0cVFoy pic.twitter.com/NY05Ekpb2s
The strongest storm to hit the country in 25 years have so far left at least three people dead and more than 140 others injured, according to Japan Times.
“Customers are advised that due to typhoon Jebi, all flights into/out of Osaka Kansai International Airport on 4 and 5 September have been cancelled due to the airport closure and heavy flooding,” an Emirates spokesperson told Gulf News.
Typhoon #Jebi is making landfall in #Japan, bringing damaging winds, torrential rain, stormy seas and the risk of coastal flooding. There's recently been a 92 mph gust at Nankishirahama Airport on the south coast of Honshu pic.twitter.com/SBhsEHJIwm— Met Office (@metoffice) September 4, 2018
Emirates said customers connecting onto affected flights to Osaka will not be accepted at the original point of departure until further notice.
"Passengers who have already started their journey and are enroute will be offered re-route options to Haneda and Narita airports subject to availability.”
Affected flyers are advised to change their flights and postpone their departure up to seven days later than originally booked.
“Customers are also advised to ensure their contact details are correct by visiting Manage Your Booking to receive the latest updates. The situation is being closely monitored. We apologize for any inconvenience.”
Due to Typhoon Jebi, all flights into/out of Osaka Kansai International Airport have been cancelled by the airport authorities until 5 September 2018.— Emirates Support (@EmiratesSupport) September 4, 2018
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