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CAL, EVA prepare to pick up stranded travelers in Tokyo

TAIPEI--Two major Taiwanese airlines sent planes to Tokyo on Monday afternoon to bring home hundreds of tourists who were stranded in the Japanese capital after it was brought to a standstill by a major snowstorm over the weekend.

Taiwan's biggest carrier China Airlines (CAL) said it dispatched a 276 seat plane that was expected to arrive at Tokyo's Narita International Airport at 7:30 p.m. Tokyo time.

It is scheduled to leave an hour later with a total of about 160 passengers. Some were ticketed on earlier CAL flights and others are transferring from flights operated by Delta Airlines and Taiwan-based TransAsia Airways.

The extra flight, CI2101, is set to arrive at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport at 11:30 p.m.

EVA Air also sent a plane to Tokyo on Monday afternoon to pick up 252 EVA passengers stuck at Narita. The flight, BR1195, was scheduled to leave Tokyo at 8 p.m. and arrive at Taoyuan airport at 11:05 p.m.

The huge snowstorm that enveloped Tokyo resulted in the cancellation of hundreds of domestic flights from both Narita and Haneda Airport and wreaked havoc with the schedules of international flights, including those operated by CAL and EVA Air.

The snowstorm also made it difficult for travelers to get to the two airports. Many of the CAL and EVA passengers stranded at Narita were stuck there because they arrived at the airport too late to catch their scheduled flights.

EVA Air said it would also use an A330-200 instead of a smaller A321 on its regularly scheduled flight from Taoyuan to Narita Tuesday afternoon to be able to pick up any other additional passengers who missed their flights because of the snowstorm.

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