The first four commercial planes sent to help evacuate Japanese nationals from riot-torn Indonesia arrived Monday at Narita airport in Chiba Prefecture, carrying about 1,000 people.
An All Nippon Airways jet arrived at Narita airport Monday morning, carrying about 300 people. It was the first of 15 special flights arranged by ANA and Japan Airlines at the request of the government to evacuate about 5,000 Japanese from Indonesia through Wednesday.
The extra flights will carry a maximum of 4,800 people, according to the government. Two JAL airliners arrived at Narita airport from Jakarta on Monday afternoon with about 700 evacuees. Another ANA flight with about 200 people on board landed at Kansai International Airport from Jakarta later that night.
Including both regular and extra commercial flights, about 2,000 people were flown in from Jakarta on Monday, and the government has also asked Japanese ships bound for Indonesia to cooperate in evacuating Japanese nationals.
The government moved up the danger warning for Japanese nationals in Indonesia one notch Sunday and recommended that family members leave the country due to concerns that demonstrations to be held Wednesday on the anniversary of a 1908 independence movement will lead to further rioting.
In accordance with a government request, JAL will operate two more commercial flights today between Japan and Indonesia in addition to the extra flights that were decided on Saturday. JAL will use a 266-seat DC-10 aircraft that is to leave Jakarta at 3:15 a.m. local time Tuesday and arrive at Osaka at 11:55 a.m. The other flight, using a 377-seat Boeing 747, is scheduled to leave Jakarta at 0:25 a.m. and arrive at Tokyo at 9:30 a.m.
ANA will also run two more extra flights Tuesday and Wednesday using a 337-seat Boeing 747. Both flights are to leave Jakarta at 0:30 a.m. and arrive at the Narita airport at 9:55 a.m.
In addition to these extra flights, JAL runs regular daily flights between Denpasar and Tokyo via Jakarta with a 378-seat Boeing 747.
Japan Asia Airways, JAL’s subsidiary, also operates daily regular flights with a 266-seat DC 10 between Jakarta and Osaka.
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