On Wednesday JAL announced many revisions to its flight schedule which will occur during the second half of 2010. Analysts are predicting that JAL could post an operating loss of about US$1.7 billion for the current fiscal year which ends on March 31, 2010. JAL hopes by restructuring its flight capacity it can return to profitability as swiftly as possible.
JAL has decided to discontinue services on 15 international routes with 86 weekly roundtrip flights. Overall, international passenger capacity will be reduced by 40% compared to fiscal year 2008. Previously JAL had also announced discontinuation of its freighter service. These combined reductions will have a significant impact on Asia Pacific air freight capacity.
Additionally JAL will be increasing the number of international flights operating out of the Haneda Airport in Tokyo. Haneda is closer to metropolitan Tokyo than Narita. Currently 5 international flights are operating in Haneda and this will be increased to 14.
For details on which flights are affected, please see Japan Airline’s official press release here: http://press.jal.co.jp/en/release/201004/001531.html