JAL reports 30,000 flight cancellations before end of April

JAPAN. Japan Airlines System Corp, Asia’s biggest carrier, said more than 30,000 passengers have cancelled bookings on international flights since the outbreak of war until the end of April.

About 10,000 of those cancellations were in March alone, as concerns about the war combine with fears about the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome virus sweeping much of Asia, said company spokeswoman Yoshie Otaka.

The comments come on top of last week’s news from JAL that it was cutting capacity for April by 8% to cope with a slump in demand.

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