JAL revises new route plan as demand fluctuates

JAL has revised its Route, Flight Frequency and Fleet Plan for FY2009. The plan, which was announced late January 2009, will see changes made to five of its international passenger flight routes for short term periods.Flights on the route to Korea, Incheon from Tokyo, Narita will be increased for a short term period of seven months from March 29, 2009 to meet the stronger demand expected primarily from passengers in Japan, backed by the advantage of a strong yen rate and by the reduction in fuel surcharge.

On the other hand, from March 29, 2009, flights on four international routes will be reduced for a short term period ranging from two to three months, when passenger demand is expected to be weak in view of the unremitting global economic crisis.

The international routes are: Tokyo (Narita) - Beijing (decrease from 19 to 14), Tokyo (Narita) - Shanghai (decrease from 28 to 21), Tokyo (Narita) - Taipei (decrease from 28 to 21), and Tokyo (Haneda) - Hong Kong (decrease from 7 to 4).

The airline has said that for customers who have already made reservations on flights that are subject to change, then it will offer alternative JAL flights with different timings.