July 28, 2008

ANA to Scrap Kansai-Guam Service, Streamline 5 Other Routes

Osaka, July 28 (Jiji Press)--All Nippon Airways plans to scrap its route linking Kansai International Airport near Osaka and Guam, and reduce flights on five domestic routes using the airport as part of its review of operations amid surging fuel prices, it was learned Monday.

ANA officials have convened the plan to officials of the Osaka prefectural government, informed sources said.

The airline hopes to scrap the Guam route early next year, the sources said.

In November, ANA plans to reduce the number of daily round-trip flights to four from the current five for the routes between Kansai International Airport and two domestic airports--New Chitose Airport in the northernmost prefecture of Hokkaido and Naha Airport in the southernmost prefecture of Okinawa, the sources said.

The number of daily round-trip flights will be reduced to five from seven for the route between the Kansai airport and Tokyo International Airport at Haneda.

The air carrier plans to offer services between the Kansai airport and Memanbetsu, Hokkaido, only in the high season of July and August. Currently, ANA operates the route throughout the year.

In addition, ANA will offer one round-trip service all year for the route linking the Kansai airport and Hakodate, Hokkaido, by terminating expanded flight services currently offered between June and September, the sources said.END

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