All Nippon Airways has apologised for flight delays in Okinawa last week.

TOKYO: All Nippon Airways apologised Wednesday for flight delays in Okinawa last week because a pilot became unwell after a night of drinking alcohol.

Five domestic flights departing and arriving in Japan’s southern island were delayed for up to 58 minutes while a replacement pilot was found.

The pilot in his 40s had been drinking until 10pm (8pm Thailand time) on the night of Oct 24 in Ishigaki city in Okinawa and called in sick the next morning, being unable to make his first flight at 8.10am, the company said.

In its apology, ANA said it will ensure its staff are properly educated about alcohol in order to prevent similar situations in the future.

News Reporter

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