ANA tops JAL on passenger count

Kyodo

All Nippon Airways Co. outdid rival Japan Airlines Co. in total passenger count for the second consecutive year by flying about 42.56 million people, down 1.2 percent from the previous year.

Japan Airlines group carriers meanwhile flew 35.81 million people in the year that ended March 31.

The difference was credited in part to large cuts in both domestic and international services caused by JAL’s bankruptcy in 2010.

ANA said Wednesday it saw a 4.1 percent drop in domestic passengers to 36.68 million because of the slump caused by the March 2011 natural and nuclear disasters that devastated the northeast. But international passengers surged 22.2 percent to 5.88 million, climbing for the third straight year, as it expanded overseas destinations.