Interesting report from Damien over at upgrd noting that Lufthansa has pulled Tokyo off the market. The change is in effect for flights through 28 March at this point. Flights previously scheduled for service to Tokyo are now routing to Osaka and Nagoya with a stop in Seoul in both directions. Keeping flight crews out of Tokyo overnights explains the Seoul stops and there are plenty of reasons to have the flights terminate in Osaka or Nagoya rather than Tokyo.
It does raise the question, however, of what some of the other airlines are doing for flight crews on trips to or from Tokyo. As of today US-based carriers are mostly running their schedules as normal (the new Haneda flights are being suspended), without the re-routes or alternate destinations. And while flights departing Tokyo are packed the inbounds have seen a "measurable decline" in traffic, according to United Airlines.
Needless to say, my planned trip to Tokyo next weekend is now off. The only question remaining is whether I try to do it in the fall or try to head somewhere else in Asia now. I guess it all depends on how flexible the phone agents are.
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