Ana Debuts Double-decker Flights To Hawaii

ANA debuts double-decker flights to Hawaii

All Nippon Airways debuted flights of a double-decker Airbus A380 from Narita Airport north of Tokyo, bound for Hawaii on Friday.

The aircraft is one of the largest in the world, measuring 72 meters long and two stories high along its entire length. It has 520 seats -- more than double the average of planes used for flights to Hawaii.

Diet Enacts Law To Restrict Drone Flights

Diet enacts law to restrict drone flights

Japan's Diet has enacted a law to severely restrict the use of drones over facilities of the US military and the Self-Defense Forces.

The legislation, which aims to prevent terror attacks using drones, was passed by a majority vote in the Upper House on Friday.

Japan Bans Boeing 737 Max Flights

Japan bans Boeing 737 Max flights

Japan has temporarily banned all flights of Boeing 737 Max aircraft in the country's airspace.

Japan's decision on Thursday came after the US Federal Aviation Administration ordered the temporary grounding of all Boeing 737 Max 8 and 9 aircraft, in response to a fatal crash on Sunday of Ethiopian Airlines' 737 Max 8.

No Flights Affected At New Chitose Airport

No flights affected at New Chitose Airport

Transport authorities say New Chitose Airport in Hokkaido has reopened one of its two runways.

The airport closed both of its runways for safety checks after an earthquake hit the northern prefecture on Thursday.

Japan To Control Airspace For New Haneda Flights

Japan to control airspace for new Haneda flights

Japan's transport ministry is to start work on plans to take control of some of the airspace over part of Tokyo after the Japanese government and US military came to terms with new flight routes for Tokyo's Haneda Airport.

The two sides on Wednesday agreed that Japan will control new routes that will pass through part of the US military-controlled airspace in Tokyo.

Heavy Snow Cancels Flights In Hokkaido

Heavy snow cancels flights in Hokkaido

Heavy snow has forced cancellation of flights to and from Hokkaido, keeping holidaymakers from leaving the northern main island amid the peak of the "U-turn rush."

Airline companies say almost all flights from New Chitose Airport near Sapporo bound for Tokyo, Osaka and Fukuoka were fully booked on Saturday.

Japan To Ban Drone Flights Over 2020 Games Venues

Japan to ban drone flights over 2020 Games venues

The Japanese government is set to ban flights of drones over and near the venues of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics to prevent accidents and acts of terrorism.

In the plan, drones flying in those areas without permission will be seized.

Osaka, Kobe Airports To Accept Flights From Kansai

Osaka, Kobe airports to accept flights from Kansai

Two Japanese airports near storm-hit Kansai International Airport in western Japan are soon likely to accept some of Kansai airport's regular flights as a stopgap measure.

Kansai International Airport was flooded and crippled by Typhoon Jebi last week. Only some of the domestic and international flights have so far resumed service -- with the number of flights remaining drastically lower than normal.

Intl. Flights Resume At Kansai Airport

Intl. flights resume at Kansai Airport

Kansai International Airport in western Japan resumed some international flights on Saturday, one day after the resumption of domestic flights, following a powerful typhoon on Tuesday.

14 international flights are scheduled for Saturday -- 12 by budget carrier Peach Aviation and 2 by All Nippon Airways.

Kansai Airport To Resume Some Domestic Flights

Kansai airport to resume some domestic flights

Kansai International Airport will resume some domestic flight services on Friday, 3 days after it was forced to shut down by a powerful typhoon.

The airport operator, Kansai Airports, made the decision after confirming that both a runway and the second terminal, which sustained damage, are now safe.

Hokkaido Quake: Flights, Trains Suspended

Hokkaido quake: Flights, trains suspended

Public transit has been paralyzed across Hokkaido.

Aviation authorities canceled all flights at New-Chitose Airport on Thursday. The country's transport ministry says a partial ceiling collapse and burst water pipes have shut down the airport's terminal. Workers are also checking runways for damage.

Flights, Bullet Trains Suspended Across Hokkaido

Flights, bullet trains suspended across Hokkaido

Public transit has also been paralyzed across the island prefecture.

Aviation authorities canceled all flights at New Chitose Airport on Thursday. The country's transport ministry says a partial ceiling collapse and burst water pipes have shut down the airport's terminal. Workers are also checking runways for damage.