JAL reports traffic forecast for 2012 New Year vacation period

JAL Group (JAL) estimates a total of 427,733 international passengers traveling on its flights during the Japanese New Year vacation period from December 22, 2011 to January 9, 2012 based on current r

JAL reports traffic forecast for 2012 New Year vacation period

JAL Group (JAL) estimates a total of 427,733 international passengers traveling on its flights during the Japanese New Year vacation period from December 22, 2011 to January 9, 2012 based on current reservation figures.

The number of available seats is 2.3% less than previous year while passenger bookings are up 1.9% led by increase in number of travelers to Europe, South East Asia, China and Taiwan. Overall load factor is 3.3 percentage points higher, especially with flights to the United States and resort destinations like Hawaii and Guam surpassing more than 90% in load during this period. Additionally, the JAL Group will operate 53 additional flights, both scheduled and charter, to Anchorage, Guam, Hawaii, Palau and Saipan.

Domestically, the number of available seats is 3% lower than last year, with 1,316,919 passenger bookings for travel within Japan. Load factor is projected to be 52.3%, which is an improvement of 1.5 percentage points from a year before. Flights to Hokkaido and Okinawa have the highest load factors while passenger numbers to and from the Tohoku and Hokuriku regions north east of Japan have shown the greatest increase. JAL Group also plans to operate an additional 83 domestic flights to meet demand on popular routes in Japan.

Forecast JAL Group International Reservations (Japan departures) Dec 22, 2011 – Jan 9, 2012

JAL Routes
Available Seat % Change on 2011
Passenger Total
% Pax Change on 2011
Seat load factor % 2012

Hawaii
-9.9
55,009
– 11.1
90.2

Transpacific
-8.5
40,306
-5.4
90.6

Europe
+5.4
35,296
+0.6
74.2

S.E. Asia
+0.2
113,975
+2.8
84.3

Oceania
-4.5
9,547
-11.2
81.2

Guam
-9.8
9,440
-3.0
94.8

Korea
-2.3
50,101
-11.1
71.9

China
No change
63,065
+31.7
67.6

Taiwan
-1.7
50,994
+14.4
85.8

TOTAL
-2.3
427,733
+1.9
80.3

Forecast JAL Group Domestic Reservations Dec 22, 2011 – Jan 9, 2012

Available Seat % Change on 2011
Passenger Total
% Pax Change on 2011
Seat load factor % 2012

JAL / JEX/ JAIR
-4.3
1,141,872
-1.1
53.5

JTA
+8.2
106,504
+9.5
53.3

RAC
+10.8
10,229
+17.7
40.4

JAC
No change
58,314
+3.8
36.8

TOTAL
-3.0
1,316,919
No change
52.3

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