Thursday, 24th March 2011
In Japan Travel News,
Lufthansa to resume flights to Tokyo
German airline Lufthansa has said today (March 24th) that it will be resuming its regular service into Tokyo's Narita airport as of Friday.
The air carrier is not the only company to be starting flights again, with Italy's Alitalia also due to resume services tomorrow, while Australia's Jetstar will be running flights as of Monday, the Japanese transport ministry said.
However, American air operator Delta has announced that it will reduce the number of flights to Japan by up to 20 per cent, Japan Times reports.
In the aftermath of the March 11th earthquake, Lufthansa had diverted its Tokyo flights to other Japanese airports, such as Kansai, near Osaka, resulting in an extra 200km journey for passengers.
The decision to resume flights into the capital comes after considering the current situation's safety "in a comprehensive manner," a spokesperson said.
Travellers planning on visiting Japan will also be glad to hear that the United Nations' International Civil Aviation Organization said last week there is currently no medical basis for imposing international flight restrictions into and out of Japan.
Written by Mark Smith