Passenger traffic slumps by double digits at major Japanese airlines in January – 24/03/09

JAPAN. The combined number of passengers transported by the Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways groups in January fell more than -15% compared to a year earlier, Travel Journal International (TJI) Online* has reported.

Japan Airlines carried 923,288 passengers in January, down -16.9%. Seat supply (measured in available seat kilometers) fell -5.5%. The year-on-year decline capacity at All Nippon Airways was -3.4% but the number of passengers fell -15.5% to 314,398 in the month.

The average load factors fell around -10% each, to 60.4% at Japan Airlines and 61.8% at All Nippon Airways.

Traffic to Guam and South Korea fell by less than that to other key destinations, but traffic in general to Asia and Oceania remained “lacklustre”, reported TJI Online.

Japan Airlines’ traffic on Europe and China routes plunged -21.2% and -23.1%, respectively. The number of passengers to Oceania slipped by -39.6%.

The numbers of international passengers at the groups by region (with change year-on-year) are as follows:

JL Group:
– Pacific: 202,051 (-12.9%)
– Europe: 70,671 (-21.2%)
– Southeast Asia: 300,328 (-18.8%)
– Oceania: 31,470 (-39.6%)
– Guam: 50,194 (-3.0%)
– South Korea: 145,410 (-6.5%)
– China: 123,164 (-23.1%)

NH Group:
– North America: 64,197 (-20.5%)
– Europe: 32,757 (-20.7%)
– Asia/Oceania: 217,444 (-13.1%)

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