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Qantas Airways Ltd. said Thursday it plans to slash services to Japan, shift other Asian routes to low-cost unit Jetstar and cut jobs in response to surging fuel costs.

Australia’s largest airline said it will stop its Melbourne-Tokyo service in September, and trim Sydney-Tokyo flights. Jetstar will take over operations between Cairns and Tokyo. The changes will lead to a “small number” of job losses in Cairns and Japan, the carrier said.

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