Powerful typhoon batters Quang Ngai, Quang Nam
By Le Anh
HCMC – The Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) has decided to suspend the operations of six airports in the central and Central Highlands regions from October 27 as Typhoon Molave was forecast to affect the area.
The five airports in the central region, including Chu Lai in Quang Nam Province, Phu Cat in Binh Dinh Province, Danang in Danang city, Phu Bai in Thua Thien-Hue Province and Tuy Hoa in Phu Yen Province, will temporarily cease operations from 6 p.m. These airports are expected to resume operations from 6 p.m. on October 28.
In addition, the Pleiku Airport in the Central Highlands province of Gia Lai will suspend operations from 9 p.m. on October 27 to 7 p.m. on October 28.
CAAV asked the airport authorities, aviation meteorological agencies and other relevant units to keep a close watch on the development of the storm and its effects on the Dong Hoi Airport in Quang Binh Province, Buon Ma Thuot Airport in Daklak Province, Lien Khuong Airport in Lam Dong Province, Cam Ranh Airport in Khanh Hoa Province and other airports in the southern region and promptly propose that CAAV suspend the operations of more airports.
The suspension of the airports has led to the delay and cancelation of hundreds of flights. Vietnam Airlines has announced the cancellation of all 104 flights from and to Vinh Airport in Nghe An Province, Dong Hoi, Phu Bai, Danang, Chu Lai, Phu Cat, Pleiku and Tuy Hoa airports.
Pacific Airlines has also cancelled six flights between HCMC and Danang and two others between HCMC and Phu Cat Airport.
Molave was expected to affect more than 200 Vietnam Airlines flights.
Vietjet has also adjusted its flight schedules so that flights would depart two to three hours earlier than planned before airports are temporarily closed.
Similarly, Bamboo Airways operated flights from Haiphong City to Danang City and from Danang to HCMC on October 27 earlier than scheduled.
According to the National Center for Hydro-Meteorology Forecasting, at 800 a.m. today, October 28 the eye of the typhoon was spotted some 195 kilometers from Danang City, 125 kilometers from Quang Nam Province and 85 kilometers and 112 kilometers from the Quang Ngai and Binh Dinh provinces, respectively.
Molave was forecast to directly hit Quang Ngai Province, and Ly Son Island off Quang Ngai has been experiencing strong winds gusting at level 12 this morning.