Snowstorms in Korea and Japan Cause Hundreds of Flight Cancellations

Looks like the U.S. was not the only country hit with weather disruptions, Korea and Japan saw hundreds of flight cancellations over the weekend as unusually heavy snowfalls and high winds hit the region. In the Korean holiday island of Jeju, more than 1,000 flights were canceled over the two-day period, stranding thousands of passengers due to return to the mainland and other regional destinations.

In Japan, regional services to outlying northern destinations including the Shikoku Islands, Kinki, and northern Kyushu were also hit, with the Japanese Meteorological Agency warning of gale force winds and snow across Hokkaido Island. Japan Airlines (JAL) and All Nippon Airways (ANA) canceled 197 domestic flights in total. JAL flagged delays or cancellations at key airports including Nagasaki, Tajima, Kyushu and Chugoku. ANA said delays, cancellations and diversions were possible on its flights to Wakkanai, Aomori, Toyama, Komatsu, Yamaguchi Ube, Saga, and Nagasaki Airports due to the dangerous conditions.