ANA Increases Domestic Flight Suspensions

All Nippon Airways (ANA) is suspending more of its domestic flights as Japanese carriers cut capacity to offset declining demand.

The airline has canceled another 1,742 flights from April 1-28, bringing the total suspended to 5,629 for the period, including cancellations previously announced. This represents a 26% cut to ANA’s domestic operations.

While there will be a handful of route suspensions, in most cases frequencies will be reduced on routes with multiple daily flights. About half the affected routes are to or from Tokyo Haneda Airport.

Japan Airlines (JAL) announced last week that it will be cutting its domestic flights by 25% from April 6-19, and by 23% from April 20-28. 

Japan’s major airlines have ceased most of their international operations in April as the COVID-19 pandemic decimates demand, but domestic cuts have so far been much smaller.

Adrian Schofield

Adrian is a senior air transport editor for Aviation Week, based in New Zealand. He covers commercial aviation in the Asia-Pacific region.