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How Typhoon Hagibis Can Affect Travel in Japan



(CNN) – Because "violent" Typhoon Hagibis threatens to wreak havoc in Japan, travelers may have to change plans at the last minute.

The typhoon, which is the strongest during the 2019 season, so far is expected to land in Japan on Saturday, October 12. The US Joint Typhoon Warning Center has classified Hagibis as a "super typhoon", on a par with a Category 5 hurricane.

Tourists in Japan for the Rugby World Cup have already been affected by the impending storm. Two matches, England-France and New Zealand-Italy, have been canceled in advance.

Japan's airlines are now preparing for the worst.

All Nippon Airways (ANA) has announced that "flight on October 1

2 [are] is likely to be canceled", and further warned that transit options to and from airports may also be affected

A message from the airline further stated that the team members keeps an eye on the situation and will continue to share updates with passengers.
Meanwhile, Japan Airlines (JAL) informs travelers that the company "will not charge any handling fees for changes or refunds due to the anticipated effects of bad weather operations (typhoon, etc) or natural disasters." [19659008] The East Japan Railway Company, which operates commuter trains to both Tokyo airports, also has contingency plans in place. Their website notes that "there is a possibility that the operation of the conventional lines and Shinkansen will be interrupted on October 12 and 13 due to Typhoon No.19 [Hagibis is the 19th typhoon of this year’s season]."
Japan continues to suffer the effects of Typhoon Faxai, which caused serious damage to Chiba prefecture in September. About 100 flights were canceled, while the Keikyu Railway line, connecting Tokyo and Yokohama to Haneda Airport, was temporarily closed.

More than 13,000 passengers stranded at Tokyo's Narita International Airport in the wake of the storm, and airport staff distributed water, snacks and blankets to people stuck in the terminal overnight.

ANA joined the relief effort and often gave aircraft the opportunity to donate their miles, which would be converted into Japanese yen, to rebuild efforts in the Chiba Prefecture.

"ANA HD has already announced a 2 million yen donation to the Chiba Prefecture in recovery efforts and will donate an additional 3 million yen to the Japanese Red Cross Association to help support the victims of the disaster," the airline said in a press release.


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