August 7, 2008

JAL to Cut Flight Services on 19 Routes

Tokyo, Aug. 7 (Jiji Press)--Japan Airlines said Thursday it will scrap or reduce flight services on a total of 16 domestic and three international routes between October and March, a drastic cutback in response to steep rises in fuel costs.

The major Japanese airline, meanwhile, plans to increase flights on five domestic and four international routes, it said.

In Japan, JAL is due to end services on 12 routes, including those connecting Kansai International Airport near Osaka to the northernmost prefecture of Hokkaido and the northeastern region of Tohoku.

JAL is due to withdraw completely from services to and from Fukushima Airport, north of Tokyo.

Internationally, JAL will pull the plug on services between Kansai and London, Chubu International Airport in central Japan and South Korea's Pusan, and Fukuoka Airport in southwestern Japan and Shanghai. It is considering eliminating the routes between Narita International Airport near Tokyo and China's Xian and Kansai and Tsingtao, China.

It will expand services to such Asian destinations as Seoul, Shanghai and Hanoi, JAL said.END

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