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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 10 December 2018

Cathay cancels 400 flights as super typhoon nears Hong Kong

Carrier cancelling all flights in and out of Hong Kong from Sunday 2:30am to Monday 4am

Cathay Pacific has cancelled flights in and out of Hong Kong. Bloomberg
Cathay Pacific has cancelled flights in and out of Hong Kong. Bloomberg

Cathay Pacific Airways cancelled more than 400 flights over the next three days and warned of “serious disruptions” for air travellers as Super Typhoon Mangkhut approaches Hong Kong.

Other airlines across the region halted flights on Saturday as Mangkhut slammed into the Philippines and was set to disrupt travel from Hong Kong to Japan.

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Cathay Pacific said earlier in a statement it’s cancelling all flights in and out of Hong Kong from Sunday 2:30am to Monday 4am. Cathay Dragon also won’t be flying.

AirAsia had cancelled at least 22 flights as of Saturday morning, upsetting travellers from Manila to Shenzhen and Macau, according to a Facebook post. Philippines Airlines scrapped 41 Saturday flights, including those to Hangzhou and Tokyo, it said on Facebook.

Mangkhut, which is being called the world’s most powerful storm this year, ripped into the northern Philippines on Saturday as a Category 5 storm, bringing winds of up to 269kph.