Aircalin Cancels Flights to Japan due to Closure of Noumea Airport Amid Rioting by Independence Supporters


Aircalin has decided to cancel flights, including those to Japan, following the temporary closure of Tontouta International Airport in Noumea due to riots in New Caledonia.

For the Tokyo/Narita-Noumea route, flight SB800/801 on May 15th will be canceled. In addition, from May 14th to 16th, flights to Auckland, Sydney, Nadi, Singapore, Papeete, and Brisbane have been canceled.

According to the Japanese Embassy in Vanuatu, protests for independence on May 13th escalated into riots, resulting in multiple arrests due to road blockages and acts of arson on buildings and vehicles in some areas. In response, the French High Commissioner’s Office in New Caledonia, the local security authority, has issued a curfew and temporarily closed Tontouta International Airport, suspending the arrival of international flights.

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