March 24, 2011 / 7:29 PM / 8 years ago

Lufthansa resuming flights to Tokyo

* Restarts service to Tokyo on Thursday

* Some airlines still curbing service

CHICAGO, March 24 (Reuters) - Germany’s Lufthansa (LHAG.DE) said it was resuming flights to Tokyo on Thursday following disruption caused by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

Germany’s flagship carrier announced the service resumption on its website. The airline previously said it would divert flights away from Tokyo to Osaka and Nagoya until March 27.

Lufthansa said it was reinstating its daily Airbus EAD.PA A340 flights to the Japanese capital from Frankfurt and Munich.

“In the light of the exceptional circumstances in Japan, these flights will be routed through Seoul,” the carrier said. “Lufthansa meanwhile is continuing to monitor developments in Japan carefully and remains in close contact with the relevant authorities.”

Travel to Japan was hobbled first by the earthquake and tsunami and later by concerns about nuclear radiation amid the crisis at the Fukushima nuclear power plant.

Other carriers have also scaled back service to Japan. Delta Air Lines (DAL.N), for example, which runs more flights to Japan than any other U.S. carrier, said last week that it would suspend daily flights from Tokyo’s Haneda Airport to Los Angeles and Detroit. Delta said on Thursday its operations had not returned to normal.

AMR Corp AMR.N, parent of American Airlines, never altered service to Japan. An AMR spokesman said on Thursday its crews were still spending nights in Tokyo and that traffic was heavier out of Japan than into the country. (Reporting by Kyle Peterson and Maria Sheahan; editing by John Wallace)

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