Travel Alert September 2020: Typhoon Maysak to Directly Impact South Korea

If South Korea — including Seoul — 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 Maysak, whose landfall is expected to occur sometime tomorrow evening, Wednesday, September 2, 2020 near the town of Bongnae-Myeon on the southern coast of South Korea.

Travel Alert September 2020: Typhoon Maysak to Directly Impact South Korea

Typhoon Maysak

Source: The Earth Observing System Data and Information System of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration of the United States.

Maximum sustained winds of this storm — which is located approximately 336 miles south of the southern coast of the island of Jeju and is moving north at approximately nine miles per hour — are 140 miles per hour, with wind gusts of up to 167 miles per hour, which means that Typhoon Maysak is currently a Category 4 typhoon with a well-defined eye since it passed approximately 60 miles to the west of the island of Okinawa.

Landfall of this storm may very well be the strongest one experienced by South Korea in years.

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.

As of now, the eye of this storm is expected to pass east of Seoul before it continues northward into North Korea and northeastern China — but the city will still feel its effects.

Western Japan will not be directly impacted by the storm; but it — as well as flights to and from it — will be affected, as flights have already been canceled.

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If you are traveling to South Korea 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:

  • Delta Air Lines has issued a travel alert for Seoul for Wednesday, September 2, 2020 through Thursday, September 3, 2020; and Sunday, September 6, 2020 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • All Nippon Airways has issued travel alerts for:
    • Eleven airports in Japan for Wednesday, September 2, 2020; 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.
    • 20 airports in Japan for Thursday, September 3, 2020; 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:
    • 14 airports in Japan for Wednesday, September 2, 2020; 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.
    • Tajima, Oki, Izumo, and Yamaguchi ube for Thursday, September 3, 2020; 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.
  • Korean Airlines has issued travel alerts for Seoul-Incheon, Seoul-Gimpo, Jeju, and Busan-Gimhae airports for Wednesday, September 2, 2020 through Thursday, September 3, 2020.
  • Asiana Airlines has issued travel alerts for Jeju, Yeosu, Gwangju, Daegu, Cheongju, and Seoul-Gimpo airports for Wednesday, September 2, 2020 through Thursday, September 3, 2020.

Summary

Expect more travel alerts to be issued by more airlines as Typhoon Maysak progress over the coming days.

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 Earth Observing System Data and Information System of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration of the United States.

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