3,400 People Spend The Night In Tokyo Airport After Snowstorm


| January 15, 2013 - 4:59 pm

Some people might find a winter vacation in Tokyo to be a dream trip. However, for these 3,400 commuters, that wasn’t the case—especially when it’s spent stuck at the airport.

via The Associated Press:

“Tokyo’s Narita International Airport operator says 3,400 travellers spent the night in the terminal after snow caused airlines to cancel 71 flights.

In the season’s first snowfall in the Japanese capital, about 8 centimetres (3 inches) of snow fell in central Tokyo and around Narita on Monday — a national holiday in Japan. The snow snarled traffic and caused train delays.

Airport officials distributed sleeping bags, water and crackers to stranded travellers. Normal flight operations at Narita resumed Tuesday, except for a few delays.
Major train operator JR East said trains were running on schedule Tuesday.

Sections of several highways around Tokyo were still closed Tuesday as workers cleared away snow and ice.”