All Nippon Airways Co. (9202) and Japan Airlines Co. (9201) canceled flights to Okinawa and the nearby island of Amamioshima today as typhoon Sanba approached the area southwest of the main Japanese islands.
All Nippon, also known as ANA, stopped flights to Okinawa and Miyakojima airports and said its Kagoshima hub on the island of Kyushu will be affected tomorrow, according to the Tokyo- based carrier’s website. Japan Airlines canceled 34 flights connecting Tokyo and Osaka with Okinawa and Amamioshima, which will affect about 8,250 people, it said in a faxed statement.
Sanba is about 350 kilometers (215 miles) south of Okinawa, the Joint Typhoon Warning Center said on its website as of 4 p.m. in Tokyo. It has sustained winds of about 125 miles per hour, gusting to 155 mph, according to the center.
Sanba is on course to pass over Okinawa tonight and tomorrow, and make landfall in South Korea on Sept 17.
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