With plans to resume full domestic capacity and security checkpoints, Japan Airlines (JAL) will ramp up services at its Tokyo-Haneda hub.

As COVID-19 restrictions in Japan have been gradually lifted, the airline announced it will restart flights at the North Wing of Terminal 1 at Haneda. With the reopening of the North Wing, it will restore use of its six security checkpoints.

JAL initially reduced the use of the two checkpoints at Haneda in mid-April as travel demand decreased, along with limiting its use of Terminal 1 to the South Wing.

While restoring more flights at operations at Haneda, JAL is set to install thermography equipment to observe passengers' body temperatures at the two security gates in the north wing.

The development at Haneda comes as more travelers have been reported following the lifting of Japan's state of emergency in late May.

On its website, JAL stated: “During the month of June, the carrier has seen a slight recovery in future travel demand based on two key factors; the state of emergency being lifted in the country and the government of Japan announcing plans to lift domestic travel restrictions on June 19. According to a recent forecast for the carrier, a 20 per cent recovery in demand is seen during the month of June and a 40 per cent recovery is expected during the first half of July on the domestic network.”

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