- SIA cancels Singapore-Osaka flights after airport closure due to Typhoon Jebi.
- Japan’s Kansai airport to reopen partially after typhoon damage
Singapore Airlines (SIA) has cancelled four flights to Osaka yesterday following the closure of Kansai International Airport due to floods caused by Typhoon Jebi.
In a notice on its website, SIA said that flight SQ622 which was due to depart Changi Airport at 1.55pm on Tuesday (Sept 4) was cancelled.
Flight SQ618, scheduled to leave at 1.25am on Wednesday, has also been cancelled.
The return services from Osaka – SQ623 and SQ619 – have also been axed.
However, Japan’s Kansai airport will reopen partially on Friday, the government said today (Sep 6), after a massive typhoon flooded parts of the transport hub and swept a tanker onto the only bridge connecting it to the mainland.
The collision left the airport, which is on an artificial island, temporarily cut off, stranding thousands of passengers and staff and forcing authorities to evacuate them by boat and bus.
As the flooding situation may be prolonged, SIA has advised its customers to defer non-essential travel to Osaka.
They are also advised to update their contact details or subscribe to a mobile notification service to receive updates to their flight status.
Those with flights after Sept 5 should check the airline website regularly for updates, SIA added.
Customers scheduled to travel to and from Osaka between Sept 4 and Sept 7 can contact their nearest SIA ticket office if they wish to rebook to other SIA points in Japan or request a refund of their tickets.
The new travel date must commence on or before Sept 30, SIA said.
Flights to Tokyo’s Narita and Haneda airports are not affected.