FDA Suspending Komatsu-Shizuoka Route - Abandoning Route with Sluggish Ridership

FDA Suspending Komatsu-Shizuoka Route - Abandoning Route with Sluggish Ridership

The first FDA aircraft parked at Shizuoka Airport.

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On September 29, Makinohara, Shizuoka Prefecture-based Fuji Dream Airlines Co., Ltd. (FDA) announced that it will suspend service on its route connecting Mt. Fuji Shizuoka Airport in Shizuoka Prefecture with Komastu Airport in Ishikawa Prefecture as of March 27, 2011.

FDA is the only carrier serving the route, which it opened in July of last year with two round-trip flights a day. This was reduced to one flight flown by a regional jet (which can seat 76 or 84 passengers) this past June, but ridership has been sluggish since then at 27.3% through the end of August.

FDA stated that "the decision was made during a route plan review that included profitability considerations" and that the route will be closed due to factors including demand forecasts and future flight operation plans on other routes.

FDA began taking over routes abandoned by Japan Airlines Co., Ltd. (JAL) starting with Mt. Fuji Shizuoka-Fukuoka and Mt. Fuji Shizuoka-New Chitose in January, followed by its route to Shinshu Matsumoto (also known as Matsumoto Airport, located in Nagano Prefecture) in June. The carrier also plans to begin serving a route to prefecture-operated Nagoya Airport (also known as Komaki Airport, located in Komaki, Aichi Prefecture). FDA is continuing to conduct a company-wide review of flight operation plans as it receives new aircraft equipment.