Travellers are observed to be taking longer vacations this year and at a time when the yen rate is high. A total of 251,673 passengers have made bookings for international flights during the 10 days. While this is 23.5% less than the number of passengers carried in the same period last year, it is also against a comparative degree of reduction in capacity with 22.3% less seats available on JAL Group international flights this year. Load factors on round-trip flights to all overseas regions are forecast to be above 90%, with the exception of China, Taiwan and Oceania which nevertheless are projected to have load factors of 73.4%, 87.2% and 81.3% respectively. Flights to Honolulu are estimated to be the most full at 95.9%. During this peak season, JAL will operate a total of 22 extra flights - six to Budapest, Croatia and Slovenia in Europe, two to Alaska, six to Honolulu and eight to Palau.
JAL Group domestic reservations during this period totaled 988,302, representing a 4.3% decline versus a year ago. There are almost 20% less seats available this year after a strict review of the Group’s domestic network and flight frequencies. As a result, the airline group estimates an improvement of 10 percentage points in domestic load factor to 71.8% and will operate 185 extra flights this summer to key vacation destinations like Okinawa and Sapporo.
(JEX=JAL Express; JAIR=J Air; JTA=Japan Transocean Air; RAC=Ryukyu Air Commuter; JAC=Japan Air Commuter)