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Airlines drop extra stops on Tokyo route

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Singapore Airlines Ltd has eliminated extra stops on Tokyo flights that were introduced after the March 11 earthquake disrupted transportation links and power supplies in the Japanese capital.

Flights serving Haneda Airport and Narita Airport are now operating non-stop, Nicholas Ionides, a spokesman, said by e-mail yesterday.

Aside from the Singapore-based carrier, Qantas Airways Ltd and British Airways were among the airlines that added extra stops on Japan flights last month so that crew members could avoid spending the night in Tokyo.

“We have reviewed the situation and conditions in Tokyo closely and are satisfied that there are sufficient supplies and measures in place to ensure the well-being and safety of our crew during their layovers,” Ionides said.

British Airways, a unit of International Consolidated Airlines Group SA, has also resumed non-stop flights to Narita, removing an extra stop that prolonged journey times and increased fuel usage.

However, the demand for flights to Tokyo has tumbled, as engineers battle to prevent a meltdown at a nuclear power plant crippled by the earthquake and the ensuing tsunami.

Singapore Airlines has cut one of its daily Haneda flights until May 8, according to a notice on its Web site.

Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd (國泰航空) and Qantas have also suspended some services to Japan.

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