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Central Vietnamese airports suspended from operations due to Storm Linfa

Central Vietnamese airports suspended from operations due to Storm Linfa

Sunday, October 11, 2020, 12:06 GMT+7
Central Vietnamese airports suspended from operations due to Storm Linfa
Planes are pictured at an airport in central Vietnam. Photo: Tuan Phung / Tuoi Tre

The Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam has decided to suspend the operation of three airports in central Da Nang City, Quang Nam Province, and Thua Thien-Hue Province due to the impact of Storm Linfa.

The suspension will take effect from 7:22 am to 3:00 pm at Chu Lai Airport in Quang Nam, 9:15 am to 3:00 pm at Da Nang Airport, and 12:00 pm to 11:59 pm at Phu Bai Airport in Thua Thien-Hue on Sunday.

The CAAV also asked competent authorities to closely monitor the weather conditions at Phu Cat Airport in south-central Binh Dinh Province and Pleiku Airport in the Central Highlands province of Gia Lai.

Due to the suspension, national carrier Vietnam Airlines had to cancel all flights along the Hanoi-Chu Lai and Ho Chi Minh City-Chu Lai routes on Sunday.

New flights will be arranged on Monday for affected passengers.

The airline also stopped operating flights to and from Da Nang from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on Sunday.

Passengers of the affected flights have been informed of the situation.

Vietnam Airlines and Pacific Airlines have suggested passengers of flights to and from central provinces to stay updated on their flight status and weather conditions in the region during this period.

Linfa, Vietnam’s sixth storm in 2020, made landfall between central Quang Nam and Quang Ngai Provinces on Sunday morning before weakening into a tropical depression.

The tropical depression was downgraded to a low-pressure area on the afternoon of the same day, according to the National Center for Hydro-meteorological Forecasting.

Rainfall at 150-350 millimeters has battered such localities as Thua Thien-Hue, Da Nang, Quang Nam, and Quang Ngai in central Vietnam and Kon Tum in the Central Highlands on Sunday.

A fresh tropical depression also formed in the East Vietnam Sea on Sunday afternoon and is expected to travel northwest in the next 24 hours.

It will be at 450 kilometers northeast of Vietnam's Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelago on Monday afternoon, with winds at 50-60km per hour.

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