July 18, 2008

JAL May Also Scrap Kansai-Hakodate, Hanamaki Flights

Tokyo, July 18 (Jiji Press)--Japan Airlines is considering ending its daily round-trip flights connecting Kansai International Airport in Osaka Prefecture with Hakodate, Hokkaido, and Hanamaki, Iwate Prefecture, by March 2009, informed sources said Friday.

The airline will also scrap the flight service it runs only in the month of March between Hanamaki and Naha, Okinawa Prefecture, the sources said.

The number of routes that JAL plans to scrap due to soaring fuel costs now comes to 10.

Those already reported are between Kansai and Sendai in Miyagi Prefecture, Fukushima, and Akita, between Osaka International Airport at Itami and Fukushima, between Chubu International Airport in central Japan and Fukuoka, and between Naha and both Sendai and Fukushima.

All Nippon Airways , meanwhile, will end the additional Kansai- Hakodate daily round-trip service it operates from July to September every year, by March 2009, sources said.END

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