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16-hour saga ensues on Japan Airlines short-haul flight

16-hour saga ensues on Japan Airlines short-haul flight

16-hour saga ensues on Japan Airlines short-haul flight

16-hour saga ensues on Japan Airlines short-haul flight

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  • Japan Airlines flight JL 331 was turned away.
  • For missing an airport curfew.
  • Forcing it to circle for 14 hours before returning to its starting point.
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An airport curfew was missed by a short-haul flight in Japan on Sunday, forcing it to circle for 14 hours before returning to its starting point.

Due to a plane transfer, Japan Airlines flight JL 331 departed Tokyo for Fukuoka with a 90-minute delay.

It was only a few minutes away from landing when the airport turned it away for missing a 22:00 cutoff time.

After that, the aircraft had to circle until it could locate an airport that would accept it.

The initial attempt to land was at a Kitakyushu airport, which is close to Fukuoka. The airline later clarified that the plane was turned down because buses could not be arranged to transport the 335 people to a hotel.

Similar to this, passengers were unable to leave when the aircraft made a fueling stop at Osaka’s Kansai Airport because hotels could not be scheduled.

The aircraft eventually made its way back to Tokyo, where passengers had to rubboard the following morning.

Several travelers reported that their two-hour flight had become a 16-hour struggle. Yet, they claimed that the airline had given them a fair settlement.

A traveler reported receiving a new boarding permit, 20,000 yen ($148; £123) in cash, and water while spending the night at the hotel on Twitter.

Due to neighboring residential neighborhoods, the original destination, Fukuoka Airport, has a policy banning flights between 22:00 and 07:00.

According to officials, if the delay is inevitable, planes may land after the airport closes. The Asahi Shimbun newspaper reported that examples of such occurrences include inclement weather or runway congestion.

The publication reported that officials did not consider the flight’s delay to be inevitable.

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According to flight data, other flights were permitted to land that evening after the deadline. Several aircraft were also delayed earlier in the day at Tokyo’s Haneda airport as a result of heavy winds.

According to Bloomberg, flight JL 331 was the only one turned away.

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