Sarika causes flight de­lays

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

KUALA LUMPUR: At least 20 AirAsia flights head­ing to and from south­ern China were af­fected by Ty­phoon Sarika on Satur­day and yes­ter­day.

The low-cost car­rier said in a state­ment yes­ter­day that flights be­tween Kuala Lumpur and Manila and from Kota Kin­a­balu and south­ern China will ne sub­ject to can­cel­la­tion or reschedul­ing.

The af­fected flights are AK 582/AK 583 (Kuala Lumpur-Manila), AK 1531/AK 1530 (Kota Kin­a­baluGuangzhou), AK 1574/AK 1575 (Kota Kin­a­baluHangzhou), AK 239/AK 238 (Kota Kin­a­balu-Hong Kong), AK 2138/AK 2139 (Kota Kin­a­balu-Wuhan), AK 6260/AK 6261/AK 6262/AK 6263 (Kota Kin­a­balu-Tawau) and AK 5109/AK 5105/AK 5115/AK 5114/AK 5135/AK 5136 (Kota Kin­a­balu-Kuala Lumpur).

Af­fected pas­sen­gers are ad­vised to check the sta­tus of their flights on the air­line’s web­site be­fore trav­el­ling to the air­port.

AirAsia added that it is mon­i­tor­ing the po­ten­tial im­pact of the storm and would con­tinue to up­date cus­tomers on any changes via email and SMS.

In­for­ma­tion is also avail­able through live chat at www.airasia.com/my/en/live-chat.page or E-form at https://eform.airasia.com or AskAirAsia on Twit­ter.

Ty­phoon Sarika, which was lo­cated 1,248km north­east of San­dakan in Sabah at 8pm on Fri­day, will not hit the state, ac­cord­ing to the Malaysian Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Depart­ment.

The depart­ment said in a state­ment the ty­phoon was on a “west by north­west” tra­jec­tory head­ing to­wards Lu­zon Is­land in the Philip­pines.

How­ever, there was a spillover ef­fect, with strong winds and rough seas in the north­ern part of the Malacca Straits, off Sabah, Sarawak and Labuan.

It added that the sit­u­a­tion was ex­pected to per­sist un­til Wed­nes­day.

More in­for­ma­tion can be ob­tained at the depart­ment’s web­site at http://www.met.gov.my, the smart­phone ap­pli­ca­tion myCuaca, on Face­book at malaysi­amet, Twit­ter: malaysi­amet or by call­ing 1300221MET(1638). – Ber­nama

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