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Air NZ cancels flight to Tokyo as Japan buckles down for massive typhoon

Air New Zealand decided to cancel today's flights to and from Tokyo as Typhoon Shanshan continues to gather strength while barrelling towards Japan.

The storm is expected to hammer parts of the nation with up to 450mm of rain later this week, prompting numerous airlines to have cancelled flights in preparation, The Japan Times reports.

Source: 1 NEWS

Air New Zealand customers whose flights have been cancelled can apply for new tickets through next Wednesday without having to pay a penalty fee or pay the difference for the new fare, the company said. They can also receive a credit with the airline to be used in the next year.

Big waves are already hitting Japan’s eastern coastline, with the tropical storm expected to make landfall tomorrow. It is the thirteenth such storm to have hit Japan this season.