As fears about nuclear radiation increase in the aftermath of the Japanese tsunami disaster, several airlines have re-routed flights to the country. Lufthansa has begun re-routing its Tokyo flights to airports south of the capital, in Nagoya and Osaka. Passengers with tickets purchased before yesterday Tuesday will be transported to and from their designated airport via train, bus or other ground transport. Those who buy tickets after that time will have to make their own way.
Other airlines meanwhile, such as Air France/KLM, Austrian Airlines and Qantas, have adjusted their Japan schedules so that their cabin crews don’t have to stay overnight in Tokyo. Flights are continuing to operate to Toyko but are being re-routed via Hong Kong and Seoul so that crews can avoid the disruption in the Japanese capital.
British Airways and Virgin Atlantic are continuing to operate their Japan flights as normal, and a BA spokesman said: “We continue to fly to Tokyo’s Narita and Haneda airports. We are in close contact with our local team and the relevant authorities and will keep the situation under review. We would never operate a flight unless it was safe to do so.”
Virgin had this to say about the situation: “We are currently operating a full flying programme to Narita airport but we continue to monitor the ongoing situation.”