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Tuesday, 29th March 2011
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Skymark halts all six Ibaraki flights

Japanese regional airline Skymark has decided to cancel all its flights into and out of Ibaraki Airport for the next five days, it has been reported.

The air carrier cited the need to cleanse and service its fleet in the wake of the nuclear crisis at the nearby Fukushima Daiichi power plant.

It will also cleanse all 18 planes situated at Haneda airport in Tokyo and check and clean the replacement components it has stored at Ibaraki Airport at the same time.

In order to allay public fears, the airline, which runs flights to Sapporo, Nagoya and Kobe from Ibaraki, described such measures as a "precaution".

The move comes after an exaggerated report this weekend suggested that the level of radioactive particles in the area surrounding the Fukushima plant was 10 million times normal levels.

This figure has since been revised down to 10,000 times normal levels, officials said.

Written by Mark Smith