July 24, 2008

JAL to Reduce Domestic Flights at Kansai

Tokyo, July 24 (Jiji Press)--Japan Airlines plans to reduce flights on three domestic routes using Kansai International Airport in Osaka Prefecture, western Japan, company officials said Thursday.

The move by the largest Japanese airline, known as JAL, reflects its efforts to streamline operations as the company struggles with soaring fuel prices.

At Kansai, JAL will reduce daily round-trip flights to four from six on its Chitose, Hokkaido route, to three from four on its Fukuoka route, and to four from five on its Naha, Okinawa route.

However, JAL will increase flights on four international routes that connect Kansai with Asian cities.

Weekly round-trip flights with Shanghai will increase to 21 from 14, with Hangzhou, China, to seven from three, with Seoul to 21 from 14, and with Hanoi, Vietnam, to seven from four.

JAL plans to abolish domestic flights between Kansai and Hakodate in Hokkaido, Akita, Hanamaki in Iwate Prefecture, Sendai in Miyagi Prefecture and Fukushima, and an international route between Kansai and London.

JAL also plans to scrap five other domestic flights and three international flights using other airports in Japan.END

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