JAL slashes domestic services
The JAP Group has announced its route, flight frequency and fleet plan for passenger operations for the six-month period ending 30 September 2010, with 23 daily domestic flights being discontinued as the airline seeks to cut costs. In line with the ‘JAL Reorganisation Plan’, the ailing airline will suspend 23 daily services on 12 domestic routes, including Kobe-Tokyo Haneda (two daily flights), Kobe-Okinawa (one daily flight) Shizuoka-Sapporo (one daily flight) and Shikuoka-Fukuoka (three daily flights). The reorganisation will also see JAL close its offices in Shizuoka, Kobe and Matsumoto. A further nine domestic routes have decreased daily flight frequencies, including Osaka Kansai-Fukuoka (from six to five daily flights), Tokyo Haneda-Hiroshima (seven to six daily flights) and Fukuoka-Okinawa (six to five daily flights). Nine other routes however, will see flight frequencies increase, as JAL focuses on profitable routes. These will include Tokyo Haneda-Okinawa (11 to 12 daily flights), Tokyo Haneda-Osaka Kansai (six to seven daily flights) and Nagoya Chubu-Sapporo (five to six daily flights).
International services have been less affected, but the Tokyo Narita-Shanghai route will be reduced from 28 to 21 weekly flights, while the Tokyo Narita-Sao Paolo (via New York) services will be cut to twice a week, from three flights previously. Routes from Tokyo Narita to Ho Chi Minh City (six to seven weekly flights) and Hanoi (three to seven weekly flights) will both see increased frequency.