Japan Airlines Co. and All Nippon Airways Co. filed applications Friday with the Transport Ministry to raise first- and business-class fares on their Pacific and European routes.

Both JAL and ANA plan to raise normal fares for first and business classes by 7 percent on Pacific routes and 5 percent on European routes, starting April 1. If approved, a normal round-trip business class fare from Tokyo to Los Angeles will be raised from 392,600 yen to 420,100 yen and a business-class ticket from Tokyo to London will be increased from 719,700 yen to 755,700 yen.

The increases will narrow a price gap between flights originated from Japan to North America and Europe with those from North America and Europe to Japan due to the depreciation of the yen, according to a JAL spokesman. The two carriers also plan to decrease air fares for package tours on some Pacific and European routes. Under the price decrease, a round-trip ticket for package tours from Tokyo to Los Angeles would be decreased from 164,304 yen to 161,770 yen.

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