Re-routed flights to avoid threat of nuclear radiation
March 16th, 2011 by elisa

Lufthansa started to re-route its Japan flights today due to the threat of nuclear radiation following more explosions at power stations north of Tokyo.

The airline changed its Tokyo flights to airports south of the capital, in Nagoya and Osaka. Passengers with tickets purchased before 15th March will be transported to and from their designated airport via train or bus; any people who buy tickets afterwards will have to make their own transportation arrangements.

Other airlines including Air France/KLM, Austrian Airlines and Qantas, have adapted their Japan schedules to avoid cabin crew staff having to stay overnight in Tokyo. Currently British Airways and Virgin Atlantic are continuing to operate their Japan flights as normal.

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.”

A Virgin spokeswoman said: “We are currently operating a full flying programme to Narita airport but we continue to monitor the ongoing situation.”


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