(CNN) — As „violent“ Typhoon Hagibis threatens to wreak havoc in Japan, travelers may find themselves having to change plans at the last minute.
The typhoon, which is the strongest of the 2019 season thus far, is expected to make landfall in Japan on Saturday, October 12. The United States Joint Typhoon Warning Center has classified Hagibis as a „super typhoon,“ on par with a category five hurricane.
Japan’s airlines are now preparing for the worst.
All Nippon Airways (ANA) has announced that „flights on October 12 [are] likely to be canceled“, and further cautioned that transit options to and from the airports might be affected as well
More than 13,000 passengers were stranded at Tokyo’s Narita International Airport in the storm’s wake, and airport personnel handed out water, snacks and blankets to people who were stuck in the terminal overnight.
ANA joined the relief effort, offering frequent fliers the opportunity to donate their miles, which would be converted into Japanese yen, to rebuilding efforts in Chiba Prefecture.
„ANA HD has already announced a donation of 2 million yen to Chiba Prefecture in recovery efforts and will be donating an additional 3 million yen to the Japanese Red Cross Society to help support victims of the disaster,“ the airline said in a press release.