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Singapore carrier stops Tokyo route

Singapore Airlines became the latest carrier to implement its own contingency plans amidst Japan’s natural disaster and radiation fears.

It is indefinitely postponing the launch of its new Airbus A380 service which runs from Los Angeles to Tokyo, has been long-awaited, and was meant to start in less than two weeks. Starting on Thursday, Singapore Airlines will also end crew layovers in the Japanese capital on its Boeing 747 routes from Singapore to Tokyo, before continuing on to Los Angeles. The plane will land in Tokyo, but then fly straight to Osaka so that it can change crews before it heads to Singapore or LAX Airport.

According to the airline itself, its goal is to protect its crews and safeguard the rest by minimizing impacts that continuing earthquakes will have. In the aftermath of last Friday’s huge earthquake and tsunami, a few foreign carriers established more remote layover points for staff or altered their flying schedules. Qantas Airways is routing all its Tokyo flights through Hong Kong so that its crews do not stay in the city overnight. Austrian Airlines is also making stopovers in the Korean capital Seoul on its way to Tokyo. Germany’s Lufthansa is diverting flights from Tokyo down to Osaka and Nagoya through Seoul. Lastly, Italy’s Alitalia¬† has plans to divert all its Tokyo flights to Osaka.

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