Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Qantas Tokyo Flights to Stop in Hong Kong as Quake Disrupts Transportation

Qantas Airways Ltd. (QAN) added Hong Kong stopovers to six flights serving Tokyo’s Narita Airport after an earthquake and nuclear-power plant emergency disrupted transport links in Japan.

Tokyo flights linking Sydney and Perth will stop in Hong Kong through March 19, according to a statement on the airline’s website. There are no plans to cancel any services, Simon Rushton, a spokesman, said by phone.

The carrier added the stop so it could swap crews in Hong Kong as there are intermittent difficulties in transporting staff to hotels in Tokyo, Rushton said. The move is a precautionary step to ensure that employees don’t have to work double shifts on the 10-hour flights between Australia and Japan.

Deutsche Lufthansa AG yesterday moved all its Tokyo services to the southern Japanese cities of Nagoya and Osaka. The carrier, along with Air France-KLM and Austrian Airlines AG, has added stops in Seoul for crew changes.

Singapore Airlines Ltd. (SIA) and Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. are operating flights to Japan as normal today, according to statements on their websites.

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