Typhoon Nesat hits Hong Kong: airport affected, flights delayed

By John Walton, September 29 2011
Typhoon Nesat hits Hong Kong: airport affected, flights delayed

After closing Manila Airport earlier this week, Typhoon Nesat has shut down much of Hong Kong, with airport authorities issuing severe weather alerts. Ferries and bus services are cancelled, with the rail network working at a reduced frequency.

Flights at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) have been delayed, with an airport statement saying: "Due to the adverse weather conditions, flight operations may be affected. Passengers are advised to check with their airlines for the latest flight information before leaving for the airport."

Flight arrivals and departures boards are showing widespread delays and cancellations, particularly on departures.

Qantas and Cathay Pacific flights to Hong Kong from both Sydney and Melbourne airports are showing on-time departures, however, as is Virgin Atlantic's Sydney-Hong Kong flight.

But with the territory issuing a No 8 level warning, make sure your seatbelt's tightly fastened before landing, and don't be surprised if your flight is diverted to another airport.

The Australian consulate is also closed, with the DFAT Smartraveller website issuing the following advice:

On 29 September, the Australian Consulate-General closed due to a Level 8 Storm warning issued by local authorities. Australians requiring consular assistance should contact the 24–hour Consular Emergency Centre on either the Hong Kong telephone number + 852 2827 8881 or the Australian telephone number + 61 2 6261 3305.

John Walton

Aviation journalist and travel columnist John took his first long-haul flight when he was eight weeks old and hasn't looked back since. Well, except when facing rearwards in business class.

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