Japan is to avoid flying into the Pacific Ocean in the wake of Typhoon Maelstrom, the country’s top airline has announced.
“We would like to reiterate that we do not intend to fly into the typhoon-prone areas of Japan,” Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry said in a statement.
The statement came on the same day that Japan’s government said it would ban planes from taking off and landing from its main airports in Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, and Sendai, as well as all domestic flights between the two.
Japan’s air safety regulator said it has ordered all airlines to suspend all domestic and international flights in the three affected areas.
Maelstrom was expected to make landfall in Japan’s northwest early Friday, but it was expected the typhoons surge into the central and southern parts of the country late Friday.
The weather bureau said the typhooffected areas of the Pacific include Okinawa, the southernmost island of Japan; Honshu, the second-most populous island; and the northern part of the central part of Okinawa.
Japan has been facing a wave of typhoon related pollution in recent days as a result of a weak Pacific Ocean.
It is the worst-hit region in the region and is home to a large number of Japanese workers and tourists.
Paul LePage, a Republican, said on Friday he will take a trip to Hawaii this week, and a federal judge in Massachusetts has blocked the state from enforcing a ban on U.S. citizens from flying into that state.