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According to Japan’s two largest airlines, more than 100 domestic flights were canceled on Sunday owing to heavy snowfall in the country’s northern and western regions. As of 4 p.m. (0700 GMT), ANA Holdings has canceled 79 flights, affecting around 5,100 passengers, according to Hiroaki Hayakawa, the airline’s operations director.
As of 4 p.m. (0700 GMT), Japan Airlines Co has canceled 49 flights, affecting 2,460 passengers, per a spokesperson from the airline’s operations section. Because of the rapid spread of the novel Omicron coronavirus type, thousands of flights were canceled worldwide over the Christmas weekend.
According to the health ministry, Japan has documented just about a dozen cases of community spread of the new type and 231 total Omicron infections, including outside arrivals, since tightening border controls to combat the threat from Omicron.