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Posted on: Sunday, January 28, 2001

Heavy snow grounds flights from Japan to Isles

By Scott Ishikawa
Advertiser Staff Writer

At least seven commercial passenger flights from Japan to Hawaii were canceled yesterday because of a heavy snowstorm that temporarily shut down some of the country’s airports.

Three Japan Airlines flights, two Northwest Airlines flights, and two All Nippon Airways flights from various airports were canceled because of adverse weather conditions.

All airlines were trying to place passengers from those canceled flights on other flights scheduled to arrive today in Honolulu.

United Airlines said one flight from Narita to Honolulu was delayed because of the snowstorm, but arrived in Honolulu at 3 p.m. yesterday.

According to the Japan Times, commercial airlines decided to suspend flights as the snow level on runways at Tokyo’s Haneda Airport reached several centimeters. The snow disrupted air, rail and road traffic in and around Tokyo, causing the cancellation of more than 400 domestic flights from Tokyo, the newspaper said.

The country’s weather service agency issued Tokyo’s first heavy snowfall warning in three years.

Authorities reported one weather-related death and 130 injuries.

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