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Kansai flights cancelled as Typhoon Jebi hits western Japan


Kansai International Airport is partly inundated following a powerful typhoon in Izumisano, Osaka prefecture, western Japan, Tuesday,

Kansai International Airport is partly inundated following a powerful typhoon in Izumisano, Osaka prefecture, western Japan, Tuesday,

PETALING JAYA: Flights heading to Kansai International Airport from Malaysia are cancelled as Typhoon Jebi wreaks havoc in western Japan, killing at least six people.

According to Reuters, Jebi, or "swallow" in Korean, is the most powerful storm to hit Japan in 25 years.

The travel advisory on Malaysia Airlines website said further flight disruptions were expected between Sept 4 and 9 on all flights into and out of Osaka.

Malaysia Airlines said flight MH052 from Kuala Lumpur to Osaka on Sept 4 had been cancelled because torrential downpours and flash floods had forced the closure of Kansai International Airport (KIX).

"The airline will continue to monitor the situation and resume flights into and out of Osaka as soon as it receives confirmation on improved weather conditions from the Kansai Airport Authorities," it said.

Malaysian Airlines added that passengers affected by the cancellation of the flights had the option of either rerouting their travel to Narita, deferring their travel dates or requesting a full refund.

Meanwhile, AirAsia on its website listed 11 flights that have been cancelled between Sept 3 to 6.

The flights include those heading into and out of Kansai International Airport, Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Honolulu International Airport (Hawaii) and Don Mueang Airport (Thailand).

AirAsia said affected guests on those routes would be notified of their flight status via email and sms.

It added that its passengers with bookings to travel to and from Osaka from now until Sept 7 could choose to change its flight dates, reroute to another airport in Japan (Tokyo or Sapporo), keep the value of their booking in their AirAsia BIG loyalty account or to obtain a full refund.

"We will continue to monitor the situation closely and keep our guests updated on the latest developments," it said.

Passengers on AirAsia flights can reach out to them via Live Chat, Twitter: @AirAsiaSupport (24 hours), Facebook: @AirAsiaSupport (24 hours) or its call centres.

Those on Malaysia Airlines can contact them at 1 300 88 3000 (in Malaysia) and +603 7843 3000 (for outside Malaysia) or through their social media platforms, Facebook and Twitter.

On Tuesday (Sept 4), Typhoon Jebi affected hundreds of flights heading into Osaka as the storm cut power, overturned cars and killed at least six people.

Evacuation advisories have been issued for more than a million people.

   

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