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ANA and JAL to run more domestic flights as coronavirus curbs ease

Jiji, Kyodo

All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines announced Thursday that they would increase their domestic flights in July, expecting a recovery in demand thanks to the relaxation of requests for voluntary restrictions on travel.

At ANA, the number of domestic flights in July will be 51 percent lower than levels set in its business plan, an improvement on the 70 percent decrease recorded for June amid the coronavirus crisis.

ANA said it would resume services on 20 domestic routes in July as the spread of the novel coronavirus has slowed and regional economies were reopening.

It will resume flights between Tokyo and Kobe, as well as those to and from Kansai International Airport, Osaka Prefecture, and New Chitose Airport in Hokkaido, among other services.

ANA said it would suspend 12,227 domestic flights on 109 routes in July. It initially planned to operate 24,134.

JAL will cut the number of domestic flights between July 1 and July 16 by 47 percent, after a 54 percent drop in the latter half of June.

The number of JAL domestic passengers in the latter half of June is estimated at 30 percent of the previous year’s level. But JAL expects passenger numbers in the first half of July to recover to 40 percent, based on reservation.

Among other domestic airlines, Skymark Airlines Inc. is also resuming some of their suspended services.

The government, which completed the lifting of a nationwide state of emergency in late May, has ended restrictions on travel across prefectures starting Friday.

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