As Super Typhoon Hagibis is expected to hit Japan on Saturday (12 October), close to 10 flights between Singapore and Japan have been rescheduled, and two others have been cancelled as the airlines braces for the typhoon.
The two cancelled flights are from Scoot, and it was supposed to fly between Singapore and Taipei on Sunday. The cancelled flights are TR996 from Singapore to Taipei at 8.50am on Sunday and TR997 from Taipei to Singapore at 2.35pm on the same day.
All affected passengers for both the timings will be re-accommodated to later flights, said Scoot in its website.
Additionally, three Scoot flights which were initially scheduled to depart from Singapore for Japan on Saturday have also been retimed. One of it was supposed to head to Tokyo and it is delayed by one whole day.
Scoot flight TR874, was originally scheduled to fly to Tokyo through Taipei at 8.50am on Saturday, but it will now only depart Singapore at 8.50am on Sunday.
As for the other two Scoot flights from Singapore to Japan that was forced to retime are TR894 and TR804, and they are both heading to Osaka. Another Scoot flight TR805, which was supposed to leave Osaka to Singapore at 7.35pm on Saturday, will now only depart Japan at 9am on Sunday.
To help affected passengers, Scoot has offered to provide a full refund in the form of a travel voucher, or rebook their flights to another date of no more than 14 days from the affected flight with zero additional charges. However, passenger can only fly to the same origin and destination as the affected flight, and the seats are subject to availability.
“Scoot will continue to monitor the situation for subsequent flights, and customers are encouraged to check their SMS and emails registered with us for updates, as well as Scoot’s website ahead of their flights,” the website stated.
It added, “As the situation remains fluid, customers are encouraged to prepare for possible contingencies in their travel plans, including purchasing travel insurance, during this period.”
As for Singapore Airlines (SIA), six of its flights on Saturday have been scheduled to fly at another time, with four moved to an earlier flight.
Flight SQ672, which was originally planned to leave at 1.20am on Saturday from Singapore to Nagoya, will now depart on Friday at 11.20pm. Its return flight SQ671 leaving from Nagoya has also been retimed from 10.30am on Saturday to 8.05am on the same day.
Separately, flight SQ618 from Singapore to Osaka has also be rescheduled to an earlier timing from 1.25am on Saturday to 10.50pm on Friday, while SQ620 flying to Osaka as well is delayed by three hours – from 8.30am to 11.30am on Saturday.
In addition, two flights arriving from Osaka to Singapore on Saturday (SQ619 and SQ621) have been retimed from 4.40pm to 1.15pm, and from 11.05pm on Saturday to 1.50am on Sunday respectively.
More than 1,000 flights have been cancelled and train services were halted across Tokyo as the super typhoon approached Japan on Friday (11 October). The powerful storm is threatening to ruin the capital of the country with the heaviest rain in 60 years.
Japan Airlines (JAL) also notified passengers on its website that flights leaving from or arriving in Tokyo Haneda, Tokyo Narita, Nagoya Chubu and Osaka Kansai airports this weekend have been or anticipated to be cancelled or delayed.
Typhoon Hagibis, which translated to “speed” in Tagalog, is currently in south of Tokyo with its winds reaching up to 252km (157 miles) per hour.
The strong storm has already resulted in the cancellation of two Rugby World Cup games on Saturday as well as postponing the Saturday’s qualifying session of Japanese Grand Prix in Suzuka to Sunday morning.