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JAL may increase flights to Australia and Hawaii, cut routes to France and South Korea

The Japan Times

Japan Airlines is discussing the opening of new routes to Australia and Hawaii starting this fall, sources have said. The move comes after the transport ministry's supervision of JAL's management, including restrictions on new route openings, ended in March after JAL, which went bust in 2010, rehabilitated its business on the back of powerful public support. Demand for flights to Australia and Hawaii remains solid because the risk of terrorism is low compared with areas such as Europe, which has been hit by a series of terrorist attacks recently. For Australia, the airline currently offers one daily flight between Narita International Airport and Sydney. It plans to open a new route connecting Narita and Melbourne, the second-biggest city in Australia, the sources said.


JAL and ANA to make smaller cuts in flights in Japan

The Japan Times

Japan's two major airlines said Thursday they will make smaller cuts in domestic flights in November, as travel demand is on a recovery trend partly thanks to the government's Go To Travel tourism promotion program. Japan Airlines said it will suspend 6,722 flights scheduled for November, accounting for 26 percent of all domestic services originally scheduled. The company reduced the number of domestic flights by 40 percent in September and 36 percent in October. The latest move will affect 78 routes, including one connecting Tokyo International Airport at Haneda and Osaka International Airport in western Japan. JAL plans use large aircraft for domestic flights scheduled for Saturday through Oct. 31, to meet increasing demand for travel.


JAL and ANA to make smaller cuts in flights in Japan

The Japan Times

Japan's two major airlines said Thursday they will make smaller cuts in domestic flights in November, as travel demand is on a recovery trend partly thanks to the government's Go To Travel tourism promotion program. Japan Airlines said it will suspend 6,722 flights scheduled for November, accounting for 26 percent of all domestic services originally scheduled. The company reduced the number of domestic flights by 40 percent in September and 36 percent in October. The latest move will affect 78 routes, including one connecting Tokyo International Airport at Haneda and Osaka International Airport in western Japan. JAL plans use large aircraft for domestic flights scheduled for Saturday through Oct. 31, to meet increasing demand for travel.


Zipair to become first budget airline to link Asia with North America

The Japan Times

Chiba – Low-cost carrier Zipair Tokyo Inc. said Friday it will launch a flight service next month linking Narita Airport with Los Angeles, becoming the first budget airline to offer long-haul flights between Asia and North America. The new service, which begins on Dec. 25, marks a milestone for the carrier, a subsidiary of Japan Airlines Co., after it started operations last year in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. Zipair, which operates Boeing 787-8 aircraft on its international routes, said it will initially offer three flights per week to Los Angeles and will consider increasing services of the new route as well as opening flights to other cities on the U.S. West Coast. One-way tickets for the Narita-Los Angeles route will start from ¥27,500 ($240), according to the carrier. "Ever since the introduction of Zipair, one of our key goals was to establish a flight across the Pacific," said Zipair President Shingo Nishida.


JAL, ANA and Jetstar cutting China flights as demand withers amid coronavirus scare

The Japan Times

JAL will suspend its flights between Narita International Airport and Beijing from Feb. 17 through March 28, while ANA will halt its services between Narita and Beijing from next Monday through March 29. ANA said it will also halve its Haneda-Beijing services to seven flights a week. The airline has already grounded its Narita-Wuhan flights. Jetstar Japan said Monday it will suspend flights connecting Narita and Shanghai. Services on the route will be suspended from Wednesday to March 28.