Super typhoon may affect flights in Hong Kong, Macau and Philippines

PETALING JAYA: As super typhoon Mangkhut hovers over Hong Kong, Macau and parts of the Philippines, Malaysians are advised to postpone their trips there as regional airlines caution about possible cancellation of flights.

“Malaysian tourists should postpone their trips to high-risk areas until it is safe to travel,” said Malaysian Association Of Tour and Travel Agents (MATTA) president Datuk Tan Kok Liang.

“Those who have arrived there, please follow local authorities or the Malaysian Embassy’s advice and remain in places that are safe and avoid high-risk areas,” he said.

Mangkhut, which means mangosteen in Thai, is similar to that of a Category 5 hurricane.

A CNN report yesterday evening stated that its wind speed was up to 285kph.

Tour operators here said that trips to the Philippines and Hong Kong would go on unless flights were cancelled.

“We will only cancel the trip if our customers want to cancel it,” a tour operator said.

Another tour operator said there was no notice yet from any airline about flight cancellation.

“Since September and October are not the peak season for travel agencies, we do not have a lot of bookings. Therefore, the typhoon does not affect us much,” he said.

Tour guide Ho Ping Yun said she would usually advise travellers not to go to Hong Kong in September in view of the typhoon season.

Malaysia Airlines, which is monitoring the situation, said its operations were unaffected at the moment but disruption in the form of delays and flight cancellations was expected.

AirAsia is also expecting the typhoon to cause service disruption to flights to Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Shantou, Hong Kong and Macau in the coming days.

Cathay Pacific said the conditions for flight operations were likely to deteriorate, with flight delays and cancellations expected.