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Japan Airlines to cut Asian flight frequencies

17 Jun 2009

Japan Airlines (JAL) plans to temporarily reduce its flight frequencies in Asia amidst the global financial crisis has provoked threats of a strike by staff.

The airline announced that it will cut outgoing flights from Narita, Haneda and Kansai airports starting July 1.

Routes that are affected:

•    Tokyo Narita-Seoul cut from 28 a week to 21 between July 1 and October 24

•    Tokyo Narita-Beijing cut from 19 roundtrip flights a week to 14 between August 1 and October 24

•    Tokyo Narita-Taipei cut to 21 times weekly from 28 between July 1 and October 24

•    Tokyo Narita-Shanghai cut to 21 times weekly from August 1 to October 24

•    Tokyo Narita-New Delhi cut to thrice-weekly from four times weekly between August 1 and October 24

•    Tokyo Haneda-Hongkong cut to thrice-weekly between September 1 and 17 and October 12 and 24

•    Kansai-Seoul cut to 14 times weekly from August 1 to October 24

•    Kansai-Shanghai reduced to 14 times weekly between August 1 and October 24

JAL has said that the number of flights will return to regular levels following the date periods stated above.

The announcement comes at a time when JAL faces a colossal staff strike. Four unions representing international pilots, flight attendants and ground staff have called for their members to go on strike for up to 72 hours starting today following a summer bonus dispute. JAL has maintained that a strike would not affect domestic and international traffic.

For more on JAL, visit www.jal.co.jp

Joshua Tan

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