Japan: More than 100 flights cancelled due to heavy snow

Published on : Monday, December 27, 2021

There are more than 100 domestic flights in Japan were grounded on Sunday due to heavy snow in the northern and western parts of the country, Japan’s two biggest airlines said.

ANA Holdings had halted 79 flights as of 4 p.m. Tokyo time, affecting about 5,100 passengers, said Hiroaki Hayakawa, an operations director for the airline.

Japan Airlines Co (JAL) had cancelled 49 flights as of 4 p.m. Tokyo time, affecting 2,460 passengers, a representative with the airline’s operations division said.

Worldwide, thousands of flights have been canceled over the Christmas weekend because of the rapid spread of the new Omicron coronavirus variant.

Japan, which tightened border controls to counter the threat from Omicron, has reported only about a dozen cases of community spread of the new variant and 231 total Omicron infections, including overseas arrivals, according to the Health Ministry.

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