Flight cancellations due to a series of typhoons this year have cost the nation’s major airlines more than 5 billion yen as of the end of September.
All Nippon Airways posted a revenue loss of more than 2 billion yen stemming from a record 1,583 cancellations for typhoon-related reasons, while Japan Airlines, which canceled about 1,500 flights, suffered some 3 billion yen in lost revenue.
The typhoons have added to the woes of the airline industry already suffering under surging crude oil prices.
ANA said the number of flight cancellations as of the end of September more than doubled from last year’s total of about 700 and the number of affected passengers nearly doubled to about 200,000 from 110,000.
Flight cancellations do not automatically translate into revenue losses because airlines normally arrange for special flights for passengers who had booked seats on canceled flights.
A record eight typhoons have hit Japan this year. Beginning with Typhoon Conson that slammed into Kochi Prefecture on June 11 to the most recent Typhoon Meari that struck Kagoshima Prefecture on Sept. 29, the series of typhoons has disrupted public transportation across the country.
The impact of the typhoons was serious “because we believe that there were many people who gave up their travel plans at the height of the tourism season,” ANA President Yoji Ohashi said.
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