Super Typhoon Causes Flight Delay & Cancellation

Booked a flight to the Land of the Rising Sun this weekend? You may want to check with Scoot or Singapore Airlines (SIA) to see if your flight is affected by the super Typhoon.

According to The Straits Times, Typhoon Hagibis has caused at least 10 flights from SIA and Scoot to be rescheduled.

The super typhoon has also forced airlines to cancel 2 other flights to avoid getting caught in the storm, which is expected to hit Japan on Saturday (12 Oct).

According to Scoot, 2 flights flying between Singapore and Taiwan on Sunday have been cancelled and passengers will have their flights delayed. Also, 2 other flights have will be delayed for up to 12 hours.

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SIA has also stated that 6 of their flights between Singapore and Japan will be retimed, with 4 flights pushed forward. You can contact them here for more information.

How Scoot passengers will be compensated

Scoot has offered the following methods of compensation for their affected passengers.

  • A full refund in the form of a Scoot Travel Voucher
  • Rebooked flights to a later travel date
  • Rerouted flights to another destination

These are subjected to terms & conditions.

Scoot has also encouraged customers to check their phone, email and Scoot’s website for updates on the situation.

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Customers are also advised to purchase travel insurance for trips during this uncertain period.

If you require assistance with your bookings, you may contact Scoot’s call centre or message them on social media platforms.

What is Typhoon Hagibis & how it affects Tokyo

Typhoon Hagibis is one of the most violent typhoons ever on record. It is labelled as a Category 5 storm as of 11 Oct and has winds up to 252 km/h.

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According to Japan Times, there are an estimated 900 flights that have been cancelled as of 11 Oct. Train operators in Japan have also issued warnings of major service disruptions, and have already closed Tokyo’s busiest line, the Yamanote Circle Line.

Citizens have been asked to stock up on food and water to prepare for the violent storm.

Events such as the Rugby World Cup matches happening on 11 Oct and the Suzuka Grand Prix qualifying on 12 Oct will also be cancelled.

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Take precautions in Japan

With such a huge Typhoon on its way, damages and injuries are inevitable.

If you will be travelling to Japan this weekend, remember to check with your airline on the situation and if you are already there, please stay safe and take the necessary precautions to protect yourself from harm.

Featured image adapted from The Business Times & Live Japan.