Airlines in parts of Asia expecting Mangkhut cancel hundreds of flights, with Cathay Pacific alone cancelling more than 400 flights over the next three days.
Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd said in a statement it is cancelling all flights in and out of Hong Kong on Sunday beginning at 2.30am, and would not resume operations until 4am the following day. Cathay Dragon also will not be flying.
AirAsia Group Bhd had cancelled at least 22 flights as of Saturday morning, upsetting travellers from Manila to Shenzhen and Macau, according to a Facebook post. Philippines Airlines Inc scrapped 41 Saturday flights, including those to Hangzhou and Tokyo, it said on Facebook.
It will almost certainly get worse.
Mangkhut, which is being called the world’s most powerful storm this year, ripped into the northern Philippines on Saturday as a Category 5 storm, bringing winds of up to 269 kilometres (167 miles) per hour.
From the Philippines, Mangkhut heads for Hong Kong.
In southern China, ferry services in Qiongzhou Strait were halted on Saturday morning as Mangkhut is approaching the provinces of Hainan and Guangdong.
Mangkhut is expected to land in an area between western Guangdong and eastern Hainan on Sunday night, packing strong gales and bringing heavy downpours.