Dhaka: Two Singapore Airlines (SIA) flights were rescheduled after a strong typhoon was forecast to hit Tokyo on September 8. An Emirates flight to Tokyo’s Haneda Airport was also delayed.
The airlines said that the changes were due to Tropical Storm Faxai, which could blast coastal areas of Japan with winds up to 216kmh late on September 8.
SQ630, which was scheduled to depart at 5.05pm on September 8, has been re-timed to depart at 1.05am the next day. It is expected to reach Tokyo's Haneda Airport at 9am.
SQ639, which was scheduled to depart at 2.25am on September 9, has done so today at 10am and will arrive at 4pm the same day.
All other SIA flights serving both Tokyo's Haneda and Narita airports are due to operate as scheduled, SIA added.
"As the situation remains uncertain, Singapore Airlines is monitoring the situation closely and customers may also check our website and social media platforms regularly for updates," Singapore's national carrier said in a statement in both English and Japanese.
The Emirates flight was due to take off at 8am from Dubai International airport, but was rescheduled to leave at 4.15pm resulting in a delay of eight hours and 15 minutes.
Some 30 flights were grounded later on September 8 and some coastal highways were closed west of the capital in Kanagawa due to the storm, according to local media.
Japan's meteorological agency had earlier warned that "historic" winds and rain could cause landslides and flooding.
The typhoon had already affected ferries and cancelled some 50 Shinkansen bullet trains to and from the country's capital city.