Compared to the holiday period last year, capacity this Golden Week was 5.0% and 5.3% more on JAL’s international and domestic networks respectively. JAL carried a total of 225,743 passengers on its international flights and 935,381 on the Group’s domestic flights, which represent a17.7% increase in travellers that went abroad, and 8.3% increase in travel within the country versus a year ago.
Long-haul routes such as to the US and resort spots such as Hawaii and Guam, were attractive destinations owing in part to the strength of the Japanese yen. The longer span of this year’s Golden Week also boosted travel to nearer destinations in China, Taiwan and Korea. Within Japan, flights to Kansai and Okinawa were doing notably well. As a result, load factors improved by 8.6 percentage points to 80.3% full on international flights, and by almost 2 percentage points on domestic flights to 69.8%.
28 extra flights were operated to overseas leisure destinations like Honolulu, Guam, Saipan, Palau as well as Incheon while domestically, the JAL Group flew 61 extra flights to popular regions as Hokkaido, Kyushu and Okinawa during this peak travel season.
(JEX=JAL Express; JTA= Japan Transocean Air; RAC=Ryukyu Air Commuter; JAC=Japan Air Commuter)