© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Japan Airways (JAL) planes sit on the tarmac at New Chitose Airport, in Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan Could 4, 2021. REUTERS/Issei Kato
By Kantaro Komiya
TOKYO (Reuters) – Greater than 100 home flights in Japan have been grounded on Sunday because of heavy snow within the northern and western components of the nation, Japan’s two greatest airways mentioned.
ANA Holdings had halted 77 flights as of 1 p.m. (0400 GMT), affecting about 5,100 passengers, mentioned Yutaka Kitahara, the corporate’s operations director.
“Because the climate state of affairs in northeastern Japan stays unstable, there may very well be extra cancellations to come back,” Kitahara mentioned.
Japan Airways Co had cancelled 35 flights as of 10 a.m. (0100 GMT), affecting 1,810 passengers, a consultant with the airline’s operations division mentioned.
Worldwide, hundreds of flights have been cancelled over the Christmas weekend due to the fast unfold of the brand new Omicron coronavirus variant.
Japan, which tightened border controls to counter the menace from Omicron, has reported solely a few dozen instances of group unfold of the brand new variant and 231 complete Omicron infections, together with abroad arrivals, in line with the well being ministry.
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