Due to the impending arrival of Super Typhoon Nepartak on the shores of Taiwan, airports and airlines have issued travel advisories warning about cancellations and limited operations.
Taiwan is used to Typhoons but this one could be a challenge once it hits the island early on Friday and authorities already take precautions with evacuations and airlines preemptively cancelling flights.
Taiwanese airports and most airlines serving them already put out a travel notice announcing cancellations as well as possible delays and changes.
CNN (access here) reported about the storm earlier today.
Taiwan is on high alert ahead of the arrival of “near-perfect” super typhoon Nepartak, expected to slam into the island early on Friday morning local time.
Currently surging at speeds of up to 280 kilometers per hour (170 miles per hour) with gusts reaching even higher than that, the typhoon has grown almost as strong as 2015’s super typhoon Soudelor which caused billions of U.S dollars of damage in Taiwan and China and killed at least 36 people.
Thousands of troops have been mobilized across Taiwan and emergency services ramped up, according to a Ministry of Defence spokesperson.
Food prices in Taiwan jumped ahead of the typhoon, local media reported, while transportation minister Ho Chen Tan promised Taoyuan International Airport would be able to withstand a direct hit from the storm.More than a fifth of all daily flights out of the airport have been delayed or canceled due to the extreme storm, the airport announced, before the super typhoon had even made landfall.
Cathay Pacific which has a large presence at Taipei-Taoyuan has put out an announcement (see here) cancelling 10 flights on Friday and 8 more on Saturday. This number can be expected to grow and further flights will for sure be added to that list.
EVA Air (access here) cancelled or postponed 23 flights so far and is expecting delayed arrival of overseas flights from North America and Europe.
If you’re booked on an airline impacted by the Typhoon the airline has duty of care but isn’t required to pay compensation. For example If you have a EVA Air flight via Taiwan but your destination is somewhere else and Taiwan would be a mere transit point then EVA would have to re-book you onto another carrier that is operating normally.
Weather situations and following irregular operations are never comfortable for anyone involved. It’s good to have a travel insurance in place for unforeseen circumstances that are not covered by the airline such as being stranded in Taipei multiple days because no flights are available. Airlines won’t pay for the expenses associated with this but a good travel insurance might.