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Jetstar Japan to cancel 70 flights in June due to pilot shortage

JIJI

Budget carrier Jetstar Japan is expecting to cancel 70 flights in June, 2 percent of the total, due to a temporary shortage of pilots.

The carrier had already canceled 16 flights this past weekend.

Jetstar Japan said Monday that of the upcoming flights to be canceled, 58 are domestic, including routes between Narita International Airport and New Chitose Airport serving Sapporo, and 12 international flights, including some between Narita and Taipei.

Jetstar Japan has started procedures for flight changes or reimbursement for some 7,500 customers impacted by the cancellations.

According to the airline, some pilots took a long period of leave in April and May for reasons such as injury, forcing other pilots to cancel their leave plans and stay on duty. Those pilots will go on leave one after another in June, leading to the personnel shortage.

With the pilots on leave coming back to work in stages, the airline’s flight schedules will return to normal in July, Jetstar officials said.