JAL temporarily reduce frequency on some routes between Japan and China


Due to the recent political conflicts between China and Japan, there's an irregular change in travel demand between the two countries. As part of the restructuring effort, Japan Airlines (JAL) has adapted a system such that they can act fast to respond to sudden change in travel demand like this. As a result, JAL has decided to temporarily reduce the frequency on 3 of its routes between China and Japan.

JAL will be temporarily suspending the following flights between Oct 10 and 27 2012.

Tokyo Narita (NRT) - Beijing (PEK)
The daily JL863/864 flights will be suspended leaving only 1 daily roundtrip flight on this route (evening flight from NRT and morning flight from PEK). This means for those who want to fly to Beijing in the morning, you will have to take the Haneda flight instead.

Tokyo Narita (NRT) - Shanghai Pudong (PVG)
The daily JL877/874 flights will be suspending leaving only 2 daily roundtrip flights on this route.

Osaka Kansai (KIX) - Shanghai Pudong (PVG)
The daily JL897/898 flights will be suspending leaving only 1 daily roundtrip flights on this route.

According to Sankei (Japanese only), so far JAL has received 12,000 seat cancellations on its China-Japan routes between September and November. JAL will be paying close attention to the demand and adjust the winter schedule which starts on October 28 accordingly. Originally, JAL plans to increase the capacity on some of these routes by replacing the 737-800 operating on these routes with 767-300ER but it seems a bit unlikely that they will follow through with the plan if the situation does not improve any time soon.

Right now JAL has a special charges waiver policy (Japanese, English) in place for those who want to cancel or change their tickets on China-Japan routes. Only those who have issued the tickets on or before September 19 2012 are eligible. 

For more details on, you can refer to JAL website (Japanese, English)



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