Airlines were trying to cope on Wednesday with risks of radioactive contamination to flying aircraft, crews and ground staffs. Most carriers concerns have focused on flights operations at Tokyo’s two main international airports Narita and Haneda. US-based carriers Delta Airlines, American Airlines and Continental United Airlines will maintain their flight to Tokyo as-scheduled.
In similar fashion , Emirates Airways, Singapore Airlines, British Airways, Turkish Airlines, Cathay Pacific are also maintaining normal flights schedules.
Lufthansa which had previously manifested concerns at over flying through possible areas of radiations around Tokyo is re-routing its Tokyo flights to Osaka and Nagoya which are in lesser proximity to the stricken Daiichi nuclear plant than Tokyo.
Other carriers are modifying their flights operations in order to prevent their flight crews from staying overnight in Tokyo. Consequently Air France crews will take advantage of a Seoul stop to conduct their switch over. Qantas has initiated a stop in Hong Kong for the same purpose. Swiss International Airlines will also use a Hong Kong stop for crew changes. Lufthansa is also stopping in Seoul for crew change in addition to its diverting of operations from Tokyo.
Eva Air and Air China have announced that they had suspended their flights to Tokyo. Indications that an increased demand in outbound traffic has also been initiated are surfacing. Accordingly Air France is adding 53 seats on each of its 2 daily flights to Tokyo while China Air cancellation is reported to have been caused due to a lack of operational capacity at airports in Tokyo. Mainland China carriers are also adding capacity for Chinese nationals leaving Japan. Eastern Airlines and China Southern Airlines will each add one flight on their Tokyo routes.