By Yu Runze, Sina English
Japan Airlines Co., Ltd (JAL) has said that it would extend temporary cuts in its service between Japan and China because it sees no upturn in demand as a territorial row between the two countries rumbles on, as per a PTI report.
The Japanese flag carrier had initially said it would reduce the number of flights from October 10 to 27, 2012 on three routes - Tokyo's Narita Airport-Beijing, Narita-Shanghai and Kansai-Pudong - to cope with the drop off. But the airline said it would extend the reduction by three weeks to November 17 this year. “Future booking forecasts do not indicate recovery in the immediate short-term following the initial temporary schedule adjustment,” the airline said.
The number of Narita-Beijing flights has been slashed from two to one and Narita-Pudong flights from three to two. On the Osaka-Pudong route, the number of weekly flights has been cut from 14 to nine.
The dispute over the Diaoyu Islands flared after the Japanese government “nationalized” some of them on September 11 this year, sparking demonstrations in Chinese cities.
Its main rival All Nippon Airways has also said about 40,000 seat reservations have been cancelled on its Japan-China flights for the three months to November.