Typhoon Lan to Disrupt Flights to Japan This Weekend

Satellite photo of Typhoon Lan as of Friday morning // Photo by the Joint Typhoon Warning Center

Typhoon Lan is set to disrupt flights to Japan this weekend.

The Independent reports that the Category 1 typhoon, which is currently east of the Philippines, is forecast to strengthen before passing 125 miles east of Japan’s southern island of Okinawa Sunday. The storm is expected to strengthen to a Category 3, but weaken again before brushing past Tokyo on Monday.

Japan Airlines is predicting flight delays or cancellations due to the storm at the following airports:

  • Oct. 21 - Kitadaito, Minamidaito, Kumejima
  • Oct. 22 - Okinawa Naha, Nansei Islands, the Kyushu, Chugoku, Kinki, Tokai and Shikoku area
  • Oct. 23 - Haneda, Narita, the Tohoku, Hokuriku,Tokai and Hokkaido area

American Airlines has issued a change waiver for customers flying through Tokyo Haneda and Tokyo Narita airports. Customers who bought their ticket by October 20 and are scheduled to travel October 23 can rebook for travel October 22 – 24 in the same cabin (or pay the difference). Customers flying through Okinawa October 22 can rebook for travel October 21 – 23. Customers can change their origin or destination city, but a difference in fare will apply.

Delta has issued a waiver for customers flying through Fukuoka, Nagoya, Osaka and the two Tokyo airports October 22 – 24. Customers can rebook through October 27, with the new ticket to be issued on or before that date.

United Airlines will waive the change fee and any difference in fare for customers scheduled to fly October 22 – 24 for new flights through October 31, as long as rescheduled travel is in the originally ticketed cabin between the same city pair. For travel departing after October 31, or for a change in departure or destination city, United will waive the change fee, but a difference in fare may apply. Rescheduled travel must be completed within one year from the date when the ticket was issued.

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