Cathay Pacific has announced it will run two additional flights from Tokyo Narita Airport: one today (March 17) and one tomorrow (March 18) to meet the high demand due to the uncertainty in Japan after the country was devastated by a 9-magnitude earthquake and tsunami on March 11.
The additional flights will operate as follows:
- CX2509 Tokyo Narita-Hong Kong will depart at 2150 and arrive back in HKIA at 0200 on March 17
- CX2509 Tokyo Narita-Hong Kong will depart at 2150 and arrive back in HKIA at 0200 on March 18
Cathay Pacific has also rescheduled some flights between Hong Kong and Tokyo between March 17 and March 27. Passengers are advised to click here to check for flight status updates.
Furthermore, Cathay Pacific has extended the sale period for its special repatriation rate of HK$5,755 (US$737) to March 27, 2011. Previously, the tickets were on sale until March 20 (see story here) and are only available for customers without a confirmed booking. These measures are on top of full refunds and a waiver for rebooking or re-routing charges worldwide (see story here).
According to the carrier and advisories issued by authorities in Hong Kong, Japan and elsewhere, travel to Japan "remains safe" but difficult as public transport is sporadic, electricity is functioning on a rotating basis and the radiation crisis continues to intensify.
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