JAL to drop 29 international flights


Japan Airlines Corp. will drop 29 international flights by the end of this fiscal year, more than the 16 route cuts its had previously announced, the Yomiuri newspaper reported, without citing anyone.

The airline’s cuts include flights from Tokyo’s Narita Airport to Sao Paulo and Milan and from Japan’s Kansai area to Bangkok and Beijing, the report said. It will also scrap 30 domestic flights in the same period, according to the report.

Japan Airlines, which filed for bankruptcy in January after posting three losses in four years, is reviewing the profitability of international routes on a case-by-case basis as part of a turnaround plan which it will submit by the end of June, Kazuo Inamori, chairman of the carrier, said on April 1.

The airline will retire all of its Boeing 747 and Airbus A300-600 aircrafts by the end of this fiscal year, Yomiuri said.