Flights canceled, ferry suspended, expressway closed as typhoon approaches

Over 500 international and domestic flights have been canceled at Shanghai's two airports on Sunday morning because typhoon Ampil is likely to make landfall around noon.
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The Hongqiao airport T2 terminal receives few passengers on Sunday morning because many passengers have canceled or rescheduled their flights.

Over 500 international and domestic flights have been canceled at Shanghai's two airports on Sunday morning because typhoon Ampil is likely to make landfall in Shanghai around noon.

Pudong International Airport has canceled 359 flights as of 9am while the Hongqiao airport has canceled 174 flights, according to the Shanghai Airport Authority. Mass flight cancellations and delays are expected to hit both airports through 8pm, the authority said.

The air traffic controller has issued the top-level red alert for flight delays for both airports and expected their takeoff and landing capacity would be reduced by 75 percent through 2pm.

The Shanghai-based China Eastern and Shanghai Airlines have canceled 180 flights for Sunday, while Air China has announced to cancel all its inbound and outbound flights before 2pm in Shanghai.

An engineer inspects an aircraft being berthed on apron of the Hongqiao airport under strong wind and rain in the morning.

The Pudong airport suffered more severe influence in the morning from the approaching typhoon. Nearly 100 flights have been delayed at the airport as of 10am.

Meanwhile, all the ferry services within the city have been suspended due to gusts of wind, the city's transport commission said on Sunday morning.

As the typhoon brings stronger wind to the city, the commission will also suspend the G40 expressway’s Yangtze River Tunnel and Bridge that connects Shanghai with Jiangsu Province and the Chongqi Bridge, which links Chongming Island and Qidong.

A total of 192,000 residents living in the city's coastal areas have been evacuated.


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