Japanese Air Transport after the 2011 Tohoku - Pacific Ocean Earthquake

Message from the Ministr of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism

Today Japan is taking a united stand against the challenge of the tremendous damage caused by the 2011 Tohoku - Pacific Ocean Earthquake followed by the massive tsunami on 11 March 2011, and by the nuclear power plant accident triggered by the tsunami. Taking this opportunity, we would like to express our sincere gratitude for the domestic and international support in this recovery process.

All the airports in Japan, including four major airports, Narita, Tokyo International (Haneda), Kansai (Osaka) and Central Japan/Centrair (Nagoya), and with the exception of Sendai which was directly affected by the tsunami, have been accommodating the air transport services to operate normally and functioning as the bases for the rescue and reconstruction of the disaster-stricken areas since the immediate aftermath of the earthquake. Currently, there is no restriction on landings and take-offs of all aircraft, regardless of international or domestic, scheduled or non-scheduled. As for Sendai, restoration of the damaged facilities have been almost completed for normal operation thanks to the cooperation of U.S. Forces Japan, and domestic flights (temporary service from April 13 2011), international charter flights (from June 23 2011), domestic scheduled flights (from July 25 2011), international flights (temporary from July 25 2011) and international scheduled flights (partly from September 25 2011) have resumed.

In addition, radiation by the nuclear power plant accident at a level that has harmful effects on human health has not been detected at any airports in Japan.

Based on those observations, authoritative international organizations such as the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have declared that there is at this stage no need for imposing restrictions on travel to Japan from the professional perspective, judging from the objective facts and their scientific knowledge.

This website is designed to provide accurate information about the status of air transport of Japan. We hope this website is of some help to people in and outside Japan so that they can enjoy their flights to and from Japan with greater comfort and confidence.

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