Status of airline services to Japan

Reuters has published the responses of airlines from several countries following the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan last week, as well as the subsequent crisis at a nuclear power station.

AUSTRALIA: Qantas said it would route its flights to Tokyo via Hong Kong from this evening so that the crew would not stay in Tokyo overnight.

AUSTRIA: All Austrian Airlines flights to Tokyo’s Narita airport have been making stopovers in Seoul yesterday.


  • Air China cancelled some flights to Tokyo from Beijing and Shanghai, mainly due to lack of operational capacity at some airports., but is still operating thirty round-trip flights per day.
  • China Eastern Airlines suspended flights from Shanghai to Fukushima, but other flights between China and Japan are still operating, and the carrier was adding an extra flight to Tokyo tomorrow to help Chinese citizens get home.
  • China South Airlines cancelled one flight from Changchun to Sendai, which was badly hit by the tsunami, and added one more flight to Tokyo today to help Chinese citizens get home.

FINLAND: Finnair said its flights to Tokyo are operating as normal.

FRANCE/NETHERLANDS: Air France-KLM has increased capacity on its two daily flights from Paris to Tokyo, both of which now make a stopover in Seoul. The airline moved all its crew out of Tokyo to Osaka on Monday.

GERMANY: Lufthansa continues services to Japan but is diverting flights away from Tokyo to Osaka and Nagoya via Seoul until at least the weekend.

HONG KONG:  Cathay Pacific is monitoring the situation carefully but said that so far there has been no indications that flight operations to Japan would be affected.

ITALY: Alitalia plans to divert all flights bound for Tokyo to Osaka, effective March 17th. Alitalia operates fourteen flights per week from Rome and Milan to Tokyo’s Narita airport and four flights per week to Osaka.

JAPAN: All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines said there had been no schedule changes in their flights from Tokyo to overseas destinations.


  • AirAsia and Malaysian Airline System said they are monitoring the situation but there have been no disruptions to their flights to Tokyo.
  • The Malaysian Atomic Energy & Licensing Board has started scanning flights originating from Japan for radiation at Malaysian Airports.

NEW ZEALAND: Air New Zealand’s flights to Tokyo are continuing according to schedule for the time being, but will be reviewed in the light of new information.


  • Cebu Air currently has no plans to cancel its three weekly flights to Osaka.
  • Philippine Airlines is monitoring the situation in Japan, but since its operations centre has determined that there is no threat to its operations. The airline operates 32 flights a week to Narita, Kansai, Nagoya and Fukuoka.

SINGAPORE: Singapore Airlines is monitoring developments in Japan but, that at this point, all its flights to and from Japan are operating as scheduled.

SWEDEN: SAS said flights were operating to Japan as normal, but a stopover in Beijing would be added for flights between Wednesday and Friday due to a need for extra crew members to help establish a temporary base in Beijing.

SWITZERLAND: Swiss International Air Lines is flying once a day to Tokyo with an interim stop in Hong Kong, allowing the airline to reassess the situation and reduce turnaround time in Tokyo. Crews change in Hong Kong.


  • China Airlines has no plans to cancel flights, but may consider it at a later date.
  • EVA Airways said it would cancel flights to Tokyo and Sapporo until the end of March.

THAILAND: Thai Airways International is still flying to Japan as normal.

TURKEY: Turkish airlines is flying as normal to Japan.

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: Emirates is flying as normal to Japan.


  • British Airways has made no schedule in terms of Tokyo’s Narita and Haneda airports. BA flies to Narita once a day and to Haneda five times a week.
  • Virgin Atlantic has not changed its Tokyo flight schedules, and continues its daily service to Narita although the airline continues to monitor the situation.


  • American Airlines, Continental and Delta Air Lines said that they were not cancelling flights and that operations were continuing as normal.
  • Boeing said the company had no plans to evacuate employees from Japan and expected no major impact on suppliers after Japan’s earthquake.

VIETNAM:  Vietnam Airlines is operating flights to Japan as normal.

[Source: Reuters]

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