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ANA to halt international flight on 16 routes from late March


Kyodo News

Tokyo, Japan  /  Tue, January 26, 2021  /  03:08 pm
ANA to halt international flight on 16 routes from late March

The tail of ANA aircraft at Naha Airport in Okinawa Prefecture, Japan, on July 12, 2017. (Shutterstock/File)

All Nippon Airways (ANA) said Tuesday it will suspend services on 16 international flight routes from late March due to falling travel demand amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The services to be halted in the new schedule between March 28 and Oct. 30 include those between Tokyo's Haneda airport and Moscow, and Narita airport east of the Japanese capital and New York, as well as San Francisco, while reducing the number of flights between Haneda and Bangkok and on two other routes.

The scale of operations is likely to be half of last year's initial plan for the period. ANA, which has now cut about 80 percent of its international flights from its initial plan, said it will maintain a flexible approach to its operations while keeping close tabs on demand trends and the situation of the pandemic.

The major Japanese airline also said it will reduce costs by using smaller aircraft and promote the early retirement of its Boeing 777s, replacing them with more fuel-efficient Boeing 787s, in line with its plan announced in October.

Plunging demand will lead the airline industry to lose $84.3 billion in 2020 with revenue forecast to drop 50 percent, according to the IATA, which represents some 290 airlines or 82 percent of global air traffic.

Japan's two biggest airlines reported dismal earnings in their latest quarterly earnings.

Japan Airlines reported a net loss of 93.71 billion yen ($879 million) for the April-June quarter, its largest loss on a quarterly basis since the April-June period in fiscal 2009.

ANA Holdings, the parent company of All Nippon Airways, logged a record net loss of 108.82 billion yen in the quarter through June.

Neither carrier provided a forecast for the full year through March 2021, saying it is too early to assess the impact of the virus.