Airlines see rise in overseas travel

Some 842,000 reservations for international flights have been made with Japanese airlines for the month through Aug. 15, up 22.7 percent from a year earlier, the airlines said Wednesday.

The airline industry suffered a blow last year from the impact of severe acute respiratory syndrome, which scared travelers away from destinations in Asia, according to the airlines, including Japan Airlines Corp. and All Nippon Airways Co.

JAL said the ratio of bookings to seats available topped 90 percent on all of its flights between Japanese airports and destinations in North America, Hawaii and Oceania.

The number of bookings on domestic flights during the period came to 8.878 million, down 0.8 percent from a year ago.

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