Nearly 400 Hong Kong flights disrupted by Tropical Storm Merbok
At least 44 trips cancelled by Tuesday morning due to Merbok, now reduced to a tropical depression
Hong Kong plane passengers endured travel woe as about 400 flights were disrupted overnight and into Tuesday morning by tropical storm Merbok, now downgraded to a tropical depression, which battered the city on its way to the mainland.
At least 44 flights to and from the city were cancelled.
A typhoon signal No 3, as well as red rainstorm, thunderstorm and landslide warnings, were in force into the morning, along with a flood warning in the northern New Territories.
The typhoon signal was cancelled at 11.10am, and the amber rainstorm warning was dropped at 12.30pm.
The Airport Authority said that 78 flights scheduled for Tuesday were disrupted by the bad weather, as of 9am. That included 25 delayed arrivals and 41 delayed departures at Hong Kong International Airport, plus four inbound and eight outbound flights that were cancelled.
The cumulative overnight totals for disruption, according to the authority, stood at 44 flights cancelled and 350 delayed as of 5am on Tuesday.
Cathay Pacific Airways announced on its website at least 14 of its flights, heading to cities in Europe, Asia and Middle East, were delayed.
Another Cathay Pacific and three Cathay Dragon flights, to Beijing, Shanghai and Taipei, were cancelled.
Two Hong Kong Airlines flights between Hong Kong and Shanghai were also cancelled.
The authority reminded passengers to check the airport website or contact airlines for up-to-date flight information.