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Japan Airlines cuts services following earthquake

Japan Airlines cuts services following earthquake

Japan Airlines (JAL) has confirmed it will cut reduce a number of international services as traffic continues to suffer following the Tohoku Pacific Earthquake.

Smaller aircraft will also be used on a number of routes when the changes come into effect on April 6th.

“JAL aims to swiftly react to various event risks that affect the industry,” explained a statement.

“In response to the recent natural disaster in Japan, the airline will adjust capacity to meet the resulting changes in demand while maintaining its international network.”

JAL will reduce a total of 74 weekly flights on 11 international routes temporarily, and will downsize the aircraft used on two routes - Tokyo (Narita) and Guam, as well as Tokyo (Narita) and Nagoya (Chubu) during this period in April.

The services changes will remain in place until April 27th.

Services between Narita and Honolulu, Beijing, Shanghai, Seoul (both Incheon and Gimpo), and Hong Kong will all be cut as a result of the fall in demand.

“To lend our fullest support to the early restoration of the Tohoku region that was hardest hit by this disaster, the JAL Group has been redirecting existing resources to operate extra flights to airports in the north eastern region of Japan, extending special handling of tickets for affected customers and providing complimentary transportation for authorized relief efforts,” added JAL president Masaru Onishi.