Only a week after Hurricane Irma shut down air travel across Florida for a weekend, Japan has been impacted by a tropical cyclone. Typhoon Talim made landfall on Japan’s southernmost island, Kyushu as a tropical storm. The largest city on Kyushu is Fukuoka, with a metro area population of just over 5.5 million. Fukuoka airport is the fourth busiest airport in Japan, with over 20,000,000 passengers served each year. It is also the fourth busiest single runway airport in the world.
In preparation for Talim, 644 domestic flights were cancelled across Japan. After making landfall in southern Japan with strong winds, Talim moved northeast across the country, eventually re emerging into the Sea of Japan southwest of Tokyo.
Delta has issued a travel waiver for Fukuoka, Osaka. Nagoya, as well as both of Tokyo’s airports, Haneda and Narita.
United has also issued a travel waiver for Sapporo and Sendai in addition to the same airports as Delta.
American Airlines’ travel waiver is the widest of the major U.S. airlines, covering the following airports across northeast Asia:
Fukuoka, Japan (FUK)
Gimhae, South Korea (PUS)
Haneda, Japan (HND)
Hiroshima, Japan (HIJ)
Kansai, Japan (KIX)
Nagoya, Japan (NGO)
Narita, Japan (NRT)
Okayama, Japan (OKJ)
Osaka, Japan (ITM)
Sapporo, Japan (CTS)
As Talim hit Taiwan as a stronger storm towards the end of last week, EVA Airways and China Airlines cancelled multiple flights in and out of Taipei.
As Talim weakens off the coast of Japan, the Caribbean is expected to get hit by yet another hurricane. Hurricane Maria is currently strengthening as it barrels towards the Lesser Antilles and eventually Puerto Rico.
Hurricane warnings have been hoisted for the islands of Dominica and Guadeloupe, while a hurricane watch has been issued for Antigua, Barbuda and Saint Marteen & its surrounding islands. Farther south, the islands of Martinique and Saint Lucia are under a tropical storm warning.
According to the National Hurricane Center, Maria is forecasted to move through the Lesser Antilles on Monday night, before sliding to the south of Saint Marteen and the Virgin Islands. These areas will likely avoid a direct hit from the center of Maria, but will still experience tropical storm force conditions.
Fort-de-France (FDF), and Pointe-a-Pitre (PTP) will likely have flight cancellations Monday night into Tuesday, with operations in Saint Marteen (SXM) and the Virgin Islands being impacted Tuesday. Operations in these areas are still significantly reduced after the islands were hit by Hurricane Irma. Yesterday, KLM operated a relief flight into Saint Marteen with a 747.
The biggest concern comes Wednesday afternoon into the day on Thursday as Maria is expected to make landfall in Puerto Rico as a major hurricane (category three or higher). San Juan airport (SJU) is likely to be closed beginning Wednesday afternoon or evening.