Updated on April 8, 2020:
***ANA’s flight suspension updates as of April 8***
Japanese carriers ANA and Japan Airlines (JAL) have made temporary changes to their summer schedules starting March 29 until late April amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
As of March 31, ANA said a total of 4,071 flights serving 72 different routes from March 29 until April 24 will be affected by the temporary service adjustments, which will include service suspensions and reductions.
The airline said it initially planned to serve a total of 4,653 flights serving 72 routes during this period.
It added that flights to three destinations in India – Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai – will be suspended from April 25 to May 31. The total number of affected flights to the three India routes will be 180 flights serving 3 routes. The airline said announcement will be made on other routes in due course.
Details of ANA’s affected flights during this period can be found here (as of April 8).
According to The Japan Times, the Japanese government imposed tougher border control measures on March 9, banning tourists from China and South Korea from entering the country until the end of the month and limiting flights from China and South Korea to two airports — Tokyo Narita International Airport or Kansai International Airport. ANA said the schedules for services to China and South Korea after April 8 may change should this measure is extended.
For ticket change or refunds for international flights, please refer to ANA’s website here.
Another Japanese carrier, Japan Airlines, will also adjust its summer schedule between March 29 and April 30.
According to JAL, as of April 1, it plans to reduce 4,366 out of 5,148 flights that it initially planned during this period. The airline will only operate 15 per cent of previously scheduled services in total, including only a one per cent service to mainland China and a four per cent service to destinations in the Oceania region.
Details of JAL’s affected flights during this period can be found here (as of April 1). The airline said the revised schedules are still subject to change.
For ticket change or refund, please refer to JAL’s website here.
As of 12pm on March 26, there were 1,292 confirmed Covid-19 cases in Japan, according to Japan’s ministry of health, labour and welfare.
The country announced earlier this week that the Tokyo Olympic Games will be postponed to 2021.