Terrible news this morning, as I’ve just finished reading about the horrendous magnitude 8.9 earthquake in Japan, the corresponding tsunami & enormous loss of life. My sincerest thoughts are for the region and everyone impacted today.
The vast majority of flights (if not all) headed to Narita Airport outside Tokyo were diverted to other airports in Japan, or some, including United Airlines flight 881 from Chicago to Narita, landed in Anchorage, Alaska. One Flyertalker, was on flight 837 from San Francisco to Tokyo’s Narita Airport and has been posting information on this thread, as well as providing Twitter updates and images. His flight, along with several others, landed safely at Yokota Air Base (US) located just Northwest of Tokyo. Emergency rations (granola-type bars) and water were distributed to passengers while they awaited refueling, and eventually flights departed for other airports in Japan, such as Osaka and Nagoya.
As of this posting, some flights to Narita are on schedule today, although many are showing cancellations. After such a devastating earthquake, it is impressive that the airlines are attempting to get back to normal operations, in part, to enable people to travel to the region to render aid & be with family. Again, and most importantly, my deepest healing thoughts are with those affected.