Super Typhoon Lan Could Make Direct Hit on Tokyo

Oct 21, 2017

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2017 has seen more than its fair share of highly destructive natural disasters, with neither the Atlantic or Pacific cyclone regions out of the woods yet. Currently brewing in the Eastern Pacific is Super Typhoon Lan, which could make landfall in Japan as early as October 22.

Packing sustained winds of 130 knots (150 mph)  — with gusts up to 160 knots (184 mph) — Super Typhoon Lan is forecasted to make a direct hit on Tokyo around 8am local time Monday morning. The center of the storm is currently expected to pass 18 nautical miles (21 miles) away from Tokyo’s Narita Airport (NRT).

Typhoon Lan forecast

The storm will likely wreak havoc on flights in and out of the region, including Tokyo-bound US flights departing on Saturday and Sunday. Many airlines have issued travel waivers allowing free flight changes.

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As of publishing, here are the waivers issued for Super Typhoon Lan:

American Airlines

  • Travel dates: October 22
  • Airports affected: Nagoya, Japan (NGO); Okinawa, Japan (OKA); Osaka Kansai, Japan (KIX)
  • Must have ourchased your ticket by October 20
  • Rebook travel anytime between October 21-23
  • You can’t change your origin or destination city without being assessed a fare difference. Must rebook in same cabin or pay the difference.
  • Travel dates: October 23
  • Airports affected: Nagoya, Japan (NGO); Tokyo Haneda, Japan (HND); Tokyo Narita, Japan (NRT)
  • Must have purchased your ticket by October 20
  • Rebook travel anytime between October 22-24
  • You can’t change your origin or destination city without being assessed a fare difference. Must rebook in same cabin or pay the difference.

Delta

  • Travel dates: October 22-24
  • Airports affected: Fukuoka, Japan (FUK); Nagoya, Japan (NGO); Osaka, Japan (KIX); Tokyo Haneda, Japan (HND); Tokyo Narita, Japan (NRT)
  • Rebooked travel must begin no later than October 27
  • When rescheduled travel occurs beyond October 27, the change fee will be waived. However, a difference in fare may apply. Final travel must be completed by end of ticket validity, one year from date of original issue.
  • If travel cannot be rescheduled within these guidelines, customers may cancel their reservation and apply any unused value of the ticket toward the purchase of a new ticket for a period of one year from the original ticket issuance.

United

  • Travel dates: October 22-24
  • Airports affected: Fukuoka, Japan (FUK)​; Nagoya, Japan (NGO)​; Osaka, Japan (KIX)​; Tokyo Haneda, Japan (HND)​; Tokyo Narita, Japan (NRT)​​
  • The change fee and any difference in fare will be waived for new United flights departing on or before October 31, as long as travel is rescheduled in the originally ticketed cabin (any fare class) and between the same cities as originally ticketed.
  • For wholly rescheduled travel departing after October 31, or for a change in departure or destination city, the change fee will be waived, but a difference in fare may apply. Rescheduled travel must be completed within one year from the date when the ticket was issued.

ANA

ANA isn’t allowing free flight changes at this time. It’s merely noting which airports “may be delayed, diverted or return to their departure airports by Typhoon Lan.”

ANA Typhoon Lan

Japan Airlines

Similarly, Japan Airlines isn’t allowing free flight changes at this time. It’s merely noting which airports “may experience flight delays, cancellations, or diversions due to Typhoon Lan.”

JAL Typhoon Lan

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