Cathay Pacific to cancel all flights ahead of Usagi
HONG KONG – Hong Kong flag carrier Cathay Pacific said Saturday, September 21, it will cancel all flights, a day ahead of the anticipated arrival of Super Typhoon Usagi (Pagasa codename Odette), the most powerful storm of the year.
Usagi, forecasted to be closest to Hong Kong on Sunday and Monday (September 22-23), could pose a "severe threat" to the city, the Hong Kong Observatory said on its website.
Cathay Pacific flights in and out of the city will be cancelled from 6 pm (1000 GMT) Sunday, the airline said, adding that services will gradually resume on Monday "if weather conditions permit".
Dragonair, a sister airline, will cancel flights for the same period.
Hong Kong's international airport will remain open, authorities told Agence France-Presse.
Usagi, packing sustained winds of 240 kilometers per hour (150 miles per hour) with gusts of nearly 300 km/h, brought torrential rain and strong winds to the Philippines and Taiwan Saturday. – Rappler.com