Japan Airlines (JAL) experienced a 37% year-on-year reduction in passenger traffic on international routes in June 2011. A combination of reduced services following its 2010 bankruptcy and the impact of the 11 March disasters in northeast Japan meant that JAL carried just 496,500 passengers on international routes during the month, compared to 682,200 in June 2010. The rate of decline was less severe than in the previous two months however; in April JAL’s traffic slumped 47.0% year-on-year, followed by a 42.6% drop in May. International load factors for June 2011 averaged 72.1%.
The decline in airline’s domestic traffic eased significantly in June, falling only 22.4% year-on-year compared to a 29.8% decline in May and a 32.2% drop-off in April. JAL’s domestic load factors continued to struggle however, averaging just 61.4% for the month.