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Airlines Resume Flights to Japan

Throughout the weekend, airlines everywhere were canceling flights to Japan due to airports being closed after the earthquake, which was followed with a tsunami, hit on Friday. Japan Airlines is one of these.

The country’s flag carrier had diverted several flights when the nation was hit with the quake and tsunami. On Saturday, flights were delayed about 2 hours due to crews not being able to get into Narita airport on time due to public transportation being disrupted. Japan Airlines assistant station director for Guam said that more than half of their customers either rescheduled or canceled their trips after not being able to get to the airport.

US carrier Continental Airlines had to cancel 4 round-trip services from Guam to Japan on Friday. However, director of Asia-Pacific communications Koji Nagata said that they were operating a normal schedule to Tokyo by Saturday. United Airlines, which merged with Continental, said that their Guam to Sendai, Japan service would be canceled indefinitely, but the carriers are trying to get passengers to other airports in the country.

On Sunday, both American Airlines and Delta Air Lines said that they have resumed normal flight schedules to Japan. They also said that they don’t plan to evacuate employees based in the country.

On Saturday, Air Canada resumed flights to and from Tokyo’s Narita airport. A spokesman said that they are continuing to monitor the situation closely.

Many of these airlines have waived fees for passengers that want to change their travel plans due to the disaster. This comes as many nations have started warning travelers against visiting Japan at the moment.



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