Tokyo on edge as blackouts disrupt travel, while airlines operate more flights

Tokyo on edge as blackouts disrupt travel, while airlines operate more flights

Electricity cuts came into affect in several areas of Tokyo and eastern Japan on Monday night, causing confusion on the country’s transport networks. Kyodo News reported yesterday that train services were significantly disrupted on Monday and Tuesday after railways cancelled several services, with warnings that the disruption could last throughout April. Tokyo’s subway operator however, was reported saying that it was able to operate approximately 80 percent of its schedule services yesterday. The streets of Tokyo’s usually packed business and retail areas were reported to be quiet yesterday, as people heeded government advice and stayed indoors. Meanwhile, Japan Airlines (JAL) and Cathay Pacific have operated extra flights out of Japan’s northern region as people continue to flee from the area. JAL operated six extra flights from Tokyo to Yamagata today and is adding a total of 28 additional services from 17-19 March. In addition, Cathay Pacific has operated two extra flights from Tokyo to Hong Kong. “We are experiencing rapidly increasing demand from people wishing to return home to Hong Kong and elsewhere,” said John Slosar, chief operating officer at Cathay Pacific.

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