Japan's airlines are betting on a travel recovery this summer following pandemic doldrums as many Japanese look to head overseas for the first time in years now that fully vaccinated residents no longer face quarantine curbs on their return.

After encouraging demand for flights to Hawaii during the Golden Week holiday period, Japan Airlines Co. (JAL) and ANA Holdings Inc. are hoping the outbound rise will help fill some of the gap from Japan's ongoing ban on foreign tourist arrivals.

Japan on March 1 waived all quarantine and isolation requirements for triple-vaccinated residents returning from the United States and a range of other countries. It also lowered its U.S. infection travel warning from April 1.