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"Camp Narita"

Sun Jan 22, 2006 4:20 am

Surprised this didn't get mentioned. Snow at Narita caused cancellation of probably 90% of all flights.

I can vouch that Terminal 1 looks like a giant boy scout campout. There are well over 1000 people in the landside area. While, stunningly, the airlines haven't bothered to bring in extra personnel to start with the rebookings, the airport authority has been wonderful, providing blankets, boxes (to break open and lie on), water, and crackers and other snacks.

I suspect some folks will not be leaving Japan today either. I have encouraged those near me to use Skype on my laptop to call the airlines and reschedule now, rather than waiting for the desks to open in the morning.

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RE: "Camp Narita"

Sun Jan 22, 2006 4:37 am

Just for some detail, someone on FlyerTalk generated the following list (which matches my observtions as well):

All flights cancelled

All flights cancelled

All flights except NRT-LAX and one of two NRT-DFW delayed till 22JAN

All flights except NRT-MSP cancelled or delayed till 22JAN

British Airways:
All flights except morning NRT-LHR cancelled

NRT-FRA departed, NRT-MUC cancelled

Air France:
3 out of 4 NRT-CDG flights cancelled

All (6) flights cancelled

Air Canada:
Both NRT-YVR and NRT-YYZ cancelled

Evening NRT-BKK cancelled

Cathay Pacific:
4 out of 5 NRT-HKG flights cancelled or delayed till 22JAN

China Airlines:
2 out of 3 NRT-TPE flights cancelled. NRT-HNL cancelled.

Japan Airlines:
All flights scheduled 15:00 and later generally cancelled with few exceptions.

All Nippon Airways:
All flights scheduled 17:00 and later generally cancelled with few exceptions.

Singapore Airlines:
All evening flights cancelled.
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RE: "Camp Narita"

Sun Jan 22, 2006 4:43 am

Snow Shuts Narita On January 21 (by NWAatNGO Jan 21 2006 in Civil Aviation)

Already in discussion but you have added some good details on the delays and cancellations. I was there back in August and it was "Africa Hot" and we flew out in the middle of Typhoon Mawar. Oh how seasons change.
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RE: "Camp Narita"

Sun Jan 22, 2006 4:43 am

Damn, that's pretty serious....
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RE: "Camp Narita"

Sun Jan 22, 2006 10:55 am

This has obviously also caused a mess in Hong Kong as lots of connecting passengers were left stranded today from what I just heard.
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RE: "Camp Narita"

Sun Jan 22, 2006 11:20 am

I hope this is a once in a life time occurace or atleast I once in a year occurance. Heck even a one in a month occurence. Im flying through NRT on february 16th. How common is snow like this in this area of Japan.
Where will you spend eternity? He,s more real then you think!!!!!

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