UK airlines cancelled flights to Tokyo Friday following the devastating Japanese earthquake.
A British Airways plane heading for Tokyo’s Hareda airport had pushed back off the stand at Heathrow today when the airline decided it would not be leaving, BA said.
The airline also cancelled its daily Heathrow service to Tokyo’s Narita airport.
But London-bound BA flights from Hareda and Narita were due to land safely back in the UK later today having left before the earthquake struck.
Virgin Atlantic, which operates daily services to Narita from Heathrow, also cancelled its Tokyo flight today.
A Virgin spokeswoman said: “Narita is about one hour from central Tokyo and we’ve cancelled our flight VS900 and the return flight VS901 today.
“We do have a flight from Tokyo that left before the earthquake and that will arrive back this evening.” A BA spokesman said: “We decided that we would not operate the Haneda-bound flight (BA007) as a precaution and have also cancelled our flight to Narita.”
There are fears that the tsunami could reach as far as Australia, Mexico and Hawaii.
Both BA and Virgin said they were closely monitoring the situation. Long-haul holiday company Kuoni said all its UK tourists in Hawaii were safe and well and had been contacted by staff.
A Kuoni spokeswoman went on: “Our people in Hawaii are in Honolulu and they will be moved to higher ground should there be any tsunami danger.