TOKYO August 20, 2011: The JAL Group today announced passenger traffic results for the Japanese summer vacation period that spanned from August 10 to August 19, 2012. The JAL Group carried a total of 255,838 passengers on its international flights during the 10-day stretch, and a total of 1,057,219 passengers domestically.
With 0.3% more seats offered on international routes this year and against the backdrop of sustained high yen rates, the number of passengers carried by JAL to and from overseas rose 2.5%, leading to an overall increase in load factor by 2 percentage points to 90.9%. By region, the loads were highest to Guam and Hawaii at over 95% full, followed by on transpacific routes and flights to short-haul Asian destinations like China and Korea that were filled to more than 91%. JAL also operated a total of 22 extra flights to Honolulu, Palau, Alaska and six flights to Europe during this peak season.
Domestically, travel demand tended to be distributed across and beyond the specified peak period this year, resulting in a decline of 4.1% in comparison to the passenger count in the same period last year. Reservation figures for the whole month of August however, are thus far on par with the same month in 2011. There were 3.8% more seats available on domestic flights this summer when JAL also operated 14 extra flights, mainly to popular destinations like Okinawa and Sapporo.
2012 Summer Vacation Period: Passenger Traffic Results
(JEX=JAL Express; JAIR=J Air; JTA=Japan Transocean Air; RAC=Ryukyu Air Commuter; JAC=Japan Air Commuter)