Tokyo Olympics: Japan asks Airlines to Halt New Bookings due to Rise in Olympics traffic

Tokyo Olympics: With just a few days to go for the Tokyo Olympics, Japan is seeing a rise in the Olympics traffic and has asked airlines to halt new bookings by the general public for flights arriving in Japan.

The transport ministry is attempting to restrict the number of arrivals to easily administer coronavirus testing and other border controls at five Japanese airports to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

“Arrivals of visitors related to the Olympics are expected to peak on Sunday,” they said.

The ministry has asked airlines to stop receiving new bookings for flights arriving at the five airports Tokyo’s Haneda, Narita near the capital, Chubu in central Japan, Kansai in western Japan, and Fukuoka in southwestern Japan during busy times of the day from last Sunday to next Thursday, the sources said.

Furthermore, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism has asked foreign airlines to control the number of passengers per flight to 40 or below, excluding those in transit and related to Tokyo Olympics, until the end of August.

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