Japan Airlines will cancel more than 90% of its domestic flights to and from Tokyo on Saturday due to Typhoon Hagibis, public broadcaster NHK has said.
The typhoon, described as the biggest of the year, is predicted to make landfall on the same day as the cancelled flights.
Currently, the two airports affected by the carrier’s decision are Tokyo’s Haneda and Narita in Chiba which also serves the nation’s capital city.
However, the airline’s website reads: “Depending on the course of the typhoon, the impacted airports might be expanded.”
The airline also added that it “will not charge any handling fees for the changes or refunds resulting from the anticipated effects on operations caused by bad weather (typhoon, etc) or natural disasters”.
All Nippon Airways (ANA) has confirmed some flights to and from Haneda and Narita have also been cancelled and delayed.
Rugby World Cup organisers have been forced to cancel two tournament matches scheduled for Saturday as the country braces itself for the typhoon.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office updated its travel advice for Japan today and warned of “severe disruption” to transport services over the weekend due to Typhoon Hagibis.
“Expect delays and cancellations on all domestic flights and some international flights from Haneda, Narita and Kansai airports,” the FCO said.
“Local public transport in the Greater Tokyo area including the Shinkansen will also be affected.
“If you are concerned about your travel arrangements please contact your travel provider or agent directly.
“The match between England and France due to be played on Saturday in Yokohama has been cancelled. Rugby World Cup advise to follow all official advice, stay indoors and do not attempt to travel on Saturday.”
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