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More than 100 Japan flights cancelled due to heavy snow
More than 100 Japan flights cancelled due to heavy snow   -   Copyright  Thomson Reuters 2021   -  

<div> <p>By Kantaro Komiya</p> <p><span class="caps">TOKYO</span> -More than 100 domestic flights in Japan were grounded on Sunday due to heavy snow in the northern and western parts of the country, Japan’s two biggest airlines said.</p> <p><span class="caps">ANA</span> Holdings had halted 79 flights as of 4 p.m. (0700 <span class="caps">GMT</span>), affecting about 5,100 passengers, said Hiroaki Hayakawa, an operations director for the airline.</p> <p>Japan Airlines Co had cancelled 49 flights as of 4 p.m. (0700 <span class="caps">GMT</span>), affecting 2,460 passengers, a representative with the airline’s operations division said.</p> <p>Worldwide, thousands of flights have been cancelled over the Christmas weekend because of the rapid spread of the new Omicron coronavirus variant.</p> <p>Japan, which tightened border controls to counter the threat from Omicron, has reported only about a dozen cases of community spread of the new variant and 231 total Omicron infections, including overseas arrivals, according to the health ministry.</p> </div>