To meet demand after the October 23 earthquakes in the Niigata Prefecture of Japan disrupted surface transport systems, Japan Airlines has increased the number of special domestic flights between Tokyo and the city of Niigata to three per day up to October 31 and from November 1 will increase these further to four daily round trips until November 7.
The special flights will continue on a temporary basis while the surface transport links between Niigata Prefecture and the Tokyo region remain disrupted.
The main rail link between Niigata and the Tokyo region is the Joetsu Shinkansen, a high-speed ‘‘bullet train’’ line. Extensive damage to the tracks and rail infrastructure occurred during the earthquake and damage surveys and repairs could take more than a month, according to reports.
Niigata is located on the Sea of Japan, on the north coast of Honshu, Japan’s main island.