Monday, March 14, 2011

Japan Travel Update: American Flights Resume to Tokyo

Several American airlines have resumed their normal flight schedules to Tokyo in the aftermath of Friday’s shocking earthquake and tsunami in Japan. After numerous cancellations, Japan’s major gateways’ Haneda and Narita are witnessing normal operations.

Delta Air Lines and American Airlines have announced that they have will operate usual flight schedules to Japan; while United Continental Holdings said it is operating its regular schedule to Tokyo's Narita International Airport.

United Continental Holdings, formed as a result of a merger between United Airlines and Continental Airlines, announced that daily Continental flight from Guam to the Sendai airport is abandoned indefinitely as Sendai was the major victim of the Friday’s catastrophe. A United’s spokeswoman stated that there has been no reported injury to any of its 1,000 employees based in Japan, and there are no intentions of evacuating these employees from Japan. United also announced a fee-waiver for passengers who booked tickets on flights to, from and via Japanese airports and need to have their flight schedules changed. Several passengers who bought cheap tickets on United’s flights need not to pay a penalty through March 18.

Delta Air Lines also rolled out fee-waivers for passengers who booked cheap tickets on Delta flights to and from Japan, with travellers entitled one-time travel change through March 20.

Travel Advisories for Japan

Various countries have rolled out travel warnings against travel to Japan or certain areas in Japan. UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office has advised against all non-essential travel to Tokyo and northeast Japan.

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