Due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases reported in Japan and the implementation of a state of emergency in Tokyo and its surrounding prefectures, Japan Airlines (JAL) announced a reduction of its domestic network between January 13-31.
For the time period between January 13 and 31, JAL will reduce the amount of operated flights by 3,567. This addition will bring the total number of domestic flight reductions during the same time period to around 6,971. The change will have JAL operate 56% of its domestic network.
The flights affected include those domestic flights operated by JAL and its subsidiaries.
With the additional flight reductions, JAL has reduced a total of 10,489 domestic flights during the month of January. For the month, the domestic network will be operated at a rate of 60%.
In a release, JAL stated: “With the number of new COVID-19 cases being reported in Japan and the state of emergency now in effect within Tokyo and neighboring prefectures, travel demand is expected to decline in the immediate future.”
The Tokyo-based airline further added: “The JAL Group has implemented key measures against COVID-19 to provide our customers with a safe and secure travel experience. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience, but would like to ask for our customer`s understanding during this unprecedented time.”