July 12, 2008

ANA to Scrap 2 International Flight Services

Tokyo, July 12 (Jiji Press)--All Nippon Airways is considering abolishing flights between Kansai International Airport in western Japan and Guam as well as those between Central Japan International Airport and Taipei sometime by March 2009, Jiji Press learned Saturday.

The move is part of the company's plan to streamline its flight operations in response to surging fuel costs, informed sources said.

By ending its Kansai-Guam route, ANA plans to only offer China- and South Korea-bound services at Kansai, in order to focus on highly profitable business travels and boost the efficiency of its operations, according to the sources.

At Central Japan, it intends to close its Taipei route but to maintain flights to and from Guangzhou, southern China, and one other route, and to promote the use of the services by local companies, particularly by Toyota Motor Corp. group firms, the sources said.

On domestic flights, ANA will reduce the number of flights between Kansai and New Chitose Airport in Hokkaido since the utilization rate was low at 64.8 pct in fiscal 2007. The airline is considering scrapping or scaling down some 10 other domestic routes.

Japan Airlines , similarly, is considering abolishing several international services and about 10 domestic routes.END

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