Travel Alert December 2019: Typhoon Kammuri Impacts the Philippines

If Manila is in your travel plans over the next few days, you may want to consider delaying your travel — or, at least, keep yourself updated as to the latest information pertaining to the weather — due to Typhoon Kammuri, which is currently crossing the Philippines and causing widespread damage.

Travel Alert December 2019: Typhoon Kammuri Impacts the Philippines

Typhoon Kammuri

Typhoon Kammuri crosses the Philippines, which are outlined in purple. Source: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the Department of Commerce of the United States.

Maximum sustained winds of this storm — which is located approximately 190 miles southeast of Manila and is moving west at approximately 15 miles per hour — are 120 miles per hour, with wind gusts of up to 150 miles per hour, which means that Typhoon Hagibis is currently a strong Category 3 typhoon.

Landfall occurred on the main island of Luzon; and Manila is just north of the direct path of the eye of this storm — meaning that significant damage is expected in the city. Greater than 210,000 people have already been evacuated.

Widespread wind damage and power outages — as well as torrential rainfall, localized flooding, a dangerous storm surge along the coast, and possible mudslides — are expected to occur.

At least one fatality has been reported as a result of this storm.

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If you are traveling to Manila over the next few days, expect delays and cancellations of flights. Keep up to date on the latest information pertaining to this tropical weather system which may adversely affect your travel plans. Better yet, postponing or canceling your trip might be a better option — no matter which mode of travel you plan on taking.

If you have a flight scheduled, your flight may be delayed or canceled — and you may be eligible for a waiver of a fee to change your itinerary. If you are driving in any of these areas, watch out for deteriorating weather conditions and traffic problems.

Here are eight airlines which have issued travel alerts as a result of this tropical weather system:

  • Delta Air Lines has issued a travel alert for Manila for Tuesday, December 3, 2019 through Wednesday, December 4, 2019; and Saturday, December 7, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • United Airlines has issued a travel alert for Manila for Tuesday, December 3, 2019 through Wednesday, December 4, 2019; and Saturday, December 7, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Cathay Pacific Airways has issued travel alerts for Manila and Clark; and tickets may be reissued for rebooked travel, but no specific final date has been given. If you are affected, call the airline for specific information.
  • KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has issued a travel alert for Manila for Tuesday, December 3, 2019 through Wednesday, December 4, 2019; and Saturday, December 7, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • All Nippon Airways has issued a travel alert for Manila for Tuesday, December 3, 2019; and tickets may be reissued for rebooked travel, but no specific final date has been given. If you are affected, call the airline for specific information.
  • Japan Airlines has issued a travel alert for Manila for Friday, October 11, 2019; and tickets may be reissued for rebooked travel, but no specific final date has been given. If you are affected, call the airline for specific information.
  • Hong Kong Airlines has issued a travel alert for Manila for Wednesday, December 4, 2019; and tickets may be reissued for rebooked travel, but no specific final date has been given. If you are affected, call the airline for specific information.
  • Philippine Airlines has canceled dozens of flights for Monday, December 2, 2019 through Wednesday, December 4, 2019; and tickets may be reissued for rebooked travel, but no specific final date has been given. If you are affected, call the airline for specific information.

Summary

Be sure to contact your airline or transportation provider for the latest information pertaining to your travels — if they are adversely affected — and please: travel safely.

Source: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the Department of Commerce of the United States.

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