Travel Alert September 2019: Typhoon Faxai to Affect Tokyo and Eastern Japan

If Tokyo and eastern Japan are 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 Faxai.

Travel Alert September 2019: Typhoon Faxai to Affect Tokyo and Eastern Japan

Typhoon Faxai

Typhoon Faxai heads northwest in the western Pacific Ocean before it turns northeast towards Japan. Ogasawara and other small islands of Japan 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 445 miles south southwest of Yokohama in Japan and is moving northwest at approximately 18 miles per hour — are 120 miles per hour, with wind gusts of up to 150 miles per hour. Typhoon Faxai is currently a Category 3 typhoon. Its landfall is expected in southeastern Honshu — not far from Tokyo, which is expected to experience strong winds — sometime on Sunday, September 8, 2019, when it is forecast to weaken to a Category 1 typhoon with maximum sustained winds of 90 miles per hour.

The greatest threats from this storm include heavy precipitation, flooding, strong winds, rough seas, and possible mudslides along coastal areas of eastern Japan. As much as eight inches of rainfall is possible in some local areas.

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If you are traveling to Tokyo and eastern Japan 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 five airlines which have issued travel alerts as a result of this tropical weather system:

  • American Airlines has issued travel alerts for travel alerts for Tokyo-Haneda Airport and Tokyo-Narita Airport for Monday, September 9, 2019; and Saturday, September 14, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • United Airlines has issued travel alerts for Tokyo-Haneda Airport and Tokyo-Narita Airport for Sunday, September 8, 2019 through Monday, September 9, 2019; and Monday, September 16, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Cathay Pacific Airways has issued a travel alert for Tokyo for Sunday, September 8, 2019; and Thursday, September 26, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • All Nippon Airways has issued travel alerts for:
    • Tokyo-Haneda Airport and Tokyo-Narita Airport for Sunday, September 8, 2019 through Monday, September 9, 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.
    • Shizuoka and Hachijojima for Sunday, September 8, 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.
    • Sendai and Fukushima for Monday, September 9, 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 travel alerts for:
    • Tokyo-Haneda Airport and Tokyo-Narita Airport for Sunday, September 8, 2019 through Monday, September 9, 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.
    • Yamagata and Sendai for Monday, September 9, 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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