UK charters planes to Japan
March 17th, 2011 by elisa

The British government is chartering planes to fly home Britons who want to leave Tokyo after yesterday’s advice to consider leaving.

The US has urged Americans living within 80km of Fukushima to leave the area, even though the Japanese government’s exclusion zone currently sits at 20km around the site.

The Japan National Tourism Organisation said: “While painstaking rescue and recovery efforts continue in the severely struck Tohoku region, the capital city Tokyo has been recovering from a strong shock, and western Japan is unharmed.

“Both Narita and Haneda airports have been reopened, although public transportation in and around Tokyo has been recovered only partially.”

In Tokyo and the surrounding areas, periodical blackouts have been imposed for power conservation,which is causing train delays and cancellations.

“Some hotels and other businesses shorten the business hours, and it is recommended to refer their updates in advance. This region may also experience some aftershocks.”

The UK Foreign Office said there would be no charge to fly back for Britons directly affected by the tsunami, while others would have to pay £600. It is advising that the first option for leaving Japan should remain commercial flights.

A spokeswoman said: “Commercial flights continue to operate to and from Japan. British nationals with commercial flight bookings should continue to use these flights and you should continue to make reservation and other arrangements with your airline as usual. If you wish to leave and cannot secure tickets for a commercial flight, you can register your interest in using our charter option to leave Japan by calling 44 20 7008 6900.”


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