Hong Kong airport scrambles to process flight backlog after Typhoon Hato

Hong Kong International Airport was on Wednesday night scrambling to handle a backlog of flights left by Typhoon Hato, operating both its runways through the night instead of one as per normal.

The storm prompted the Hong Kong Observatory to issue its highest typhoon warning, a No 10 signal, earlier in the day, which was later downgraded to No 8 at 2.10pm and No 3 at 5.10pm as the storm moved farther away from the city.

The No 10 warning indicates hurricane force winds above 118km/h and gusts exceeding 220km/h are expected.

Flights finally started to depart and arrive from the Chek Lap Kok airport at around 5pm. The signal was lowered to No 1 at 6.20pm.
The Airport Authority said 480 flights had been cancelled as of 5pm on Wednesday.

Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon, Hong Kongā??s flagship airlines, cancelled about 320 flights scheduled to take off or land between 6am and 5pm on Wednesday. The carriers said they would have a total of 108 flights departing overnight.

Hong Kong Airlines cancelled 32 flights before departures and arrivals gradually resumed on Wednesday afternoon. The airline said 45 would be handled during the night.

Courtesy:South China Morning Post
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