Singapore Airlines cuts Japan services

Singapore Airlines cuts Japan services

Singapore Airlines has confirmed it will suspend one of its two daily flights between Singapore and Tokyo’s Haneda airport as Japan continues to battle the aftermath of a deadly earthquake.

The suspension of the service will take effect from March 27th.

“Demand for flights in and out of Tokyo is weak because of the situation in Japan,” an SIA spokesman said.

The decision comes despite assurances from the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) on behalf of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), International Maritime Organisation (IMO), the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO), on the continued safety of air transport operations in Japan.

Technicians continue to battle fires at the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, with new electricity cables laid today in an effort to restore power to cooling apparatus.

Japan has continued to insist radiation from the plant poses no risk to the population.

However, the WHO has advised travellers to avoid visiting the areas most affected by the earthquake and tsunami because of disruptions to infrastructure.