Sea-Tac Airport's two daily flights to Tokyo's Narita Airport have been canceled Friday in the wake of a devastating earthquake that hit Japan Thursday.
Both Delta Air Lines' 12:50 p.m. flight to Tokyo and United-Continental Airlines' 12:55 p.m. flight to Japan's capital city were casualties of the earthquake. The Delta flight connects with several other Delta flights in Tokyo for connections to other Asian cities.
Likewise two flights due to arrive from Tokyo at Sea-Tac today were canceled before they took off.
Both airlines are offering travelers refunds or no-extra cost rebookings on later flights.
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Sea-Tac's third daily flight to Japan, a Delta flight to Osaka, was set to leave as scheduled.
The cancellation pattern on flights two and from Japan at Sea-Tac mirrored the situation around the world where most airlines have paused their Japan flights while the damage is sorted out.
Haneda, Tokyo's other airport, closed for much of the day but then reopened three of its four runways. Narita, which focuses on long international flights, was partially re-opened today to some outbound flights.
In northern Japan, nearer the quake site 80 miles off the coast, Sendai Airport was inundated by a tsunami of water and remained shut down. That airport is located adjacent to the coastline.