As Japan reduces large public gatherings such as schools and events due to concerns surrounding the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the two major Japanese carriers announced reductions in services to cities within the country and select international routes.
Japan's All Nippon Airways (ANA) and Japan Airlines (JAL) will reduce its domestic operations including flights departing and arriving from major domestic hubs such as Tokyo-Haneda, Osaka (Itami/Kansai), Nagoya-Chubu, and Fukuoka. In separate announcements from both airlines, the reductions will cover flights during the month of March with varying dates of the new temporary schedules.
Some of the major routes affected will be both JAL and ANA's flights between Haneda and Sapporo, while ANA will reduce its flights for Haneda-Osaka (Itami/Kansai).
In its announcement, ANA's reductions will affect 180 flights between March 9-12 and 522 between March 13-19.
International Routes Affected
Along with the domestic reductions, ANA has scheduled reductions/suspensions of flights from Haneda to Hong Kong, Taipei-Songshan, and Seoul-Gimpo along with flights from Narita to Chennai, Delhi, and Mumbai in India. This will go along with the reduced schedules of flights to/from China and will occur during March.
Already with the suspensions of flights by ANA, JAL will also suspend services from Haneda to Beijing, Shanghai (Hongquiao/Pudong), Guangzhou, and Hong Kong between March 9-11. The airline will also suspend flights from Haneda to Seoul-Gimpo between March 9-14.
JAL will also reduce flights to Bangkok departing from Nagoya and Osaka-Kansai during select dates in March.