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JAL, ANA cancel two routes connecting northern Japan

Date Posted: 2007-08-16

Claiming the routes are no longer profitable, Japan Air Lines and All Nippon Airways are suspending services from Okinawa to Japan’s northernmost prefecture.

ANA has already stopped its flights from Naha to Sapporo in Hokkaido. Japan Air Lines says its Naha-Sapporo daily round trip flights will soon end. JAL has been flying the Sapporo route since 1985. We are going to stop flying the route beginning December 2007,_ a JAL official said, “Because it is not profitable.”

Prefecture officials are upset with the decision, fearful of losing tourism revenues. Please don’t stop flying,_ one official said. We would like to have tourists from Hokkaido and Sapporo. If you stop flying, tourism will be down._ The prefecture is asking the airlines to reconsider the decisions.

JAL says the flights were once popular, and profitable, but no longer are. One third of seats on the route were empty in 2006, and it’s even worse this year. JAL says nearly 45% of the seats were vacant on flights during the first five months of this year. We wish there were more passengers,_ a JAL official said, “But there aren’t.”

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