Delayed flights, suspended trains and stranded at an airport… England’s bid for World Cup glory gets off to a stormy start in Japan as they’re held up for FIVE HOURS after landing in aftermath of Typhoon Faxai
- England have landed in Japan ahead of the Rugby World Cup starting this month
- Squad were held on the Narita Airport tarmac for over an hour after landing
- Team encountered further delays due to ground transport not reaching airport
- Typhoon Faxai has caused widespread damage in Japan and has taken two lives
England have encountered immediate disruption at the start of their World Cup campaign, after being left stranded at the airport, awaiting transport into the city.
Eddie Jones and his squad landed at Narita Airport at 1.46pm local time here, in the aftermath of Typhoon Faxai, which has caused widespread disruption after battering Japan’s East Coast in the early hours. Many flights were delayed and cancelled, but England’s British Airways flight from Heathrow was only 15 minutes late.
That is when the problems began. The plane was held on the tarmac for an hour before the pilot was able to proceed to a gate and allow passengers to disembark. However, the Red Rose players, coaches and staff were to encounter further delays.
England squad and staff posed for a photo before flying out to Japan for the Rugby World Cup
But Eddie Jones’ side were held up at the airport for over an hour after landing in the Far East
Having cleared customs, they were forced to wait in a lounge because their ground transport had failed to reach the airport – which is some 66km to the north east of central Tokyo.
This was a result of the typhoon damage leading to gridlock on all major roads in the area.
Normally, there would have been fast, regular train services from airport to city – as an alternative option – but these were all suspended following the storm, which wrought havoc.
There were also delays and cancellations to flights in and out of Tokyo’s other airport, Haneda – which lies just 20km to the south east of the city.
However, the typhoon did not damage the train connections in that area. British Airways had one flight from Heathrow to Haneda which departed on Sunday, six hours before the flight to Narita.
The 31-man squad prepare to board the British Airways ‘Sweet Chariot’ heading to Tokyo
Japan has been rocked by Typhoon Faxai which has killed two and caused widespread havoc