All Nippon Airways plans to suspend 16 international routes when its summer schedule begins on March 28. ANA, which is also Japan’s largest airline, cited the continued impact of border restrictions and quarantine measures for prompting the cuts.

Affected services in the latest round of cancellations include Tokyo Narita to New York, San Francisco, and Taipei, as well as Osaka Kansai to Hong Kong.

The Star Alliance carrier will also postpone route launches from Tokyo Haneda to Istanbul, Milan, Moscow, San Jose, and Stockholm, until October 31 at the earliest. The new destinations were originally scheduled to launch last summer.

Meanwhile, ANA will reduce services from Tokyo Haneda to Bangkok, Los Angeles, and Sydney. 

While significant changes are unlikely, ANA said it will continue to “monitor demand trends and resume or increase flights on a monthly basis” across its domestic and international network. 

More of its existing long-haul flights will be operated by the smaller and more cost-efficient Boeing 787, following a decision last year to retire half of its Boeing 777 fleet, the airline added.

The carrier is currently operating just 20 per cent of its usual flights.