Cathay Pacific updates on Tokyo operation
19 Mar 2011
Cathay Pacific Director Corporate Affairs Ms Quince Chong attended the Hong Kong SAR Government’s daily update on Tokyo situation today. Below are her main points for your reference:
• International flight and maritime operations can continue normally into and out of Japan’s major airports (including Narita and Haneda) and sea ports, excluding those damaged by the tsunami, according to the latest information available from the World Health Organization (WHO), the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).
• ICAO states that there is currently no medical basis for imposing travel restrictions to Japan. United Nations organizations are monitoring the situation closely and will advise of any changes.
• It also adds that screening for radiation of international passengers from Japan is not considered necessary at this time. Currently available information indicates that increased levels have been detected at some airports, but these do not represent any health risk.
• Cathay Pacific reiterates the airline will continue to operate its services to and from Tokyo as long as it is safe to do so. The safety and well-being of our crew and passengers is always our top priority. Cathay Pacific staff will continue to maintain our flight services, as many people need to fly back to Hong Kong and supplies have to be delivered to Tokyo.
• On flight services, we operated two additional flights yesterday (18 March 2011) with one flight about 70% full and the other about 50%. This indicates that our additional flights have helped meet the demand effectively.
• Cathay Pacific will continue to operate one additional flight today (19 March), Sunday (20 March) and Monday (21 March) on top of the seven daily flights between Tokyo and Hong Kong to bring passengers back to Hong Kong.
• Many of our airport staff in Hong Kong have volunteered to fly out to Narita to lend their support.
Please refer to the “No Restrictions on Travel to Japan” statement in the newsroom of ICAO website:
http://www2.icao.int/en/newsroom/default.aspx and also refer to the IATA media release on the same subject: http://www.iata.org/pressroom/pr/Pages/2011-03-18-02.aspx