Travel chaos storms Tokyo region


Storm lashes Tokyo region – Source: House of Japan

Travel in Tokyo was thrown into chaos yesterday as Japan’s worst storm in over 50 years smashed into Tokyo region, grounding flights and halting a number of train services.

Japan Airlines cancelled 230 domestic and seven Asia-bound flights, affecting 31,600 passengers.  All Nippon Airways also had to ground 320 domestic flights which affected 37,700 people.

The bullet train that links Tokyo and the western city of Osaka experienced delays after a short suspension, while East Japan Railways, which operates a vast train network in the eastern and northern regions, cancelled some commuter and long-distance services.

The typhoon-strength storm produced winds up to 150 kilometers an hour.  A spokesman for the Japan Meteorological Agency said “This is like the core of a typhoon, but it is staying for a long time. A typhoon usually moves rather quickly.”

Japan Airlines stated on their website that normal operation is expected for today 5 April.

Source = e-Travel Blackboard: K.W
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