JAL & ANA Announce Flight Plans: Suspensions & Flight Reductions on 28 Domestic/Int’l Routes

JAL & ANA Announce Flight Plans: Suspensions & Flight Reductions on 28 Domestic/Int’l Routes

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Japan Airlines (JAL) and All Nippon Airways (ANA) will suspend operations and reduce flights on a total of twenty-eight domestic and international routes starting in April of this year. This was made known when both carriers announced their 2009 flight plans on January 28.

JAL will suspend five routes between Kansai to Memanbetsu, Obihiro, Kushiro, Asahikawa and Aomori, along with its Kansai-London route. The airline will reduce flights on four routes: Kansai-Haneda, Narita-New York, Narita-Bangkok and Narita-Seoul.

ANA will suspend one domestic and four international routes: Kobe-Sendai, Chubu-Tianjin, Chubu-Guangzhou, Kansai-Dalian, and Kansai-Shenyang. Flights will be reduced on ten domestic and three international routes: Kansai-Haneda, Kansai-Matsuyama, Kansai-Kochi, Kansai-Kagoshima, Chubu-Fukuoka, Chubu-Akita, Chubu-Yonago, Chubu-Tokushima, Kobe-Haneda, Kobe-Okinawa, Narita-Shanghai, Narita-Guangzhou and Narita-Mumbai. Some route suspensions and flight reductions will only be temporary, and flight reductions on some routes are to upgrade the size of aircraft flown.

Although both JAL and ANA are implementing wide-scale route suspensions and flight reductions, they are proceeding to add flights to profitable routes and convert to smaller aircraft and increase cost efficiency on existing routes. JAL’s press release states, “Responding to weak demand, especially on international routes...JAL aims to better match supply to demand by conducting a bold review of its network and flight frequency, whilst continuing to implement its fleet strategy of aircraft downsizing.”