National carrier Vietnam Airlines (VNA) has rescheduled and canceled a number of flights due for Tuesday because of the impacts of Typhoon Kalmaegi that is forecast to hit northeastern Vietnam tonight or early Wednesday.
To ensure safety for its passengers, VNA on Tuesday canceled six flights from and to Da Lat in the Central Highlands region, including: VN1564 and VN1565 between Da Lat and Hanoi (in the north), VN1382 and VN1383 between Da Lat and Ho Chi Minh City (in the south), and VN1954 and VN1955 between Da Lat and Da Nang (in the central region), according to VnEpress Agency.
The agency added that seven flights to and from Hanoi had been rescheduled two or three hours earlier. They include VN1544 and VNA1545 on the Hanoi – Hue route, VN1560 and VNA1561 on the Hanoi – Nha Trang route, VN174 and VN175 on the Hanoi – Da Nang route, and VN278 from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi.
Two flights VN834 and VNA835 between Hanoi and Siem Riep (Cambodia) would take off 35 minutes earlier than orginally planned.
Moreover, four flights to Hanoi, including VN36 Frankfurt – Hanoi, VN64 Moscow – Hanoi, VN220 Ho Chi Minh City – Hanoi, and VN182 Da Nang – Hanoi, were delayed for one to three hours.
Passengers are advised to update themselves on the typhoon and check the latest flight status on www.vietnamairlines.com or contact VNA ticket offices across the country, or call 04.38 320 320 (Hanoi), 08.38 320 320 (Ho Chi Minh City) and 0511.3811111 (Da Nang) for their information.
Typhoon Kalmaegi is predicted to make landfall on the northeastern region between 10:00 pm today and 5:00 am Wednesday, depending on its speed, said Hoang Duc Cuong, director of the National Center for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting.
The Gulf of Tonkin is experiencing rough seas and winds of 88-117 kph, which will increase to 201 kph in areas near the typhoon’s eye.
Waves as high as five or six meters will be seen in the gulf, the center warned.
Due to the typhoon, heavy rainstorms have been forecast to occur in northern regions beginning this afternoon, and flash floods and landslides are likely to strike mountainous areas, the agency added.