MANILA, Philippines (UPDATE) – Three Hong Kong-bound flights were diverted to Manila on Tuesday due to bad weather, an official said.
Connie Bungag, officer-in-charge of Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) Media Affairs Department, said the following flights were diverted:
- QS 29 – Melbourne, Australia to Hong Kong
- QS 27 – Sydney, Australia to Hong Kong
- CX 829 – Toronto, Canada to Hong Kong
Reuters reported typhoon Vicente battered Hong Kong with gale-force winds and torrential rain, grounding flights and shutting port operations. Hong Kong authorities hoisted the No. 10 tropical cyclone signal for several hours overnight, making this one of the strongest typhoons to hit the city in the past decade.
Cathay Pacific cancelled its Manila-Hong Kong flight CX 904.
Cebu Pacific also cancelled its flights 5J108 (Manila-Hong Kong) and 5J109 (Hong Kong-Manila) which were supposed to depart at 5:40 a.m. and 10:25 a.m. local time, respectively.
China Airlines’ flight CA 179 from Xiamen, China which was supposed to arrive Monday night was delayed. It is expected to arrive in Manila at 1 p.m.
Eight Hong Kong and Taipei-bound flights were also diverted to the Clark International Airport in Pampanga.
Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) president Victor Jose Luciano said aside from the eight flights, two more are expected to arrive at the airport and one of them is a Shenzhen, China-bound Cathay Pacific 747 flight from Amsterdam. - With Reuters; Henry Atuelan, dzMM