Japan Airlines capacity exceeds demand amid COVID restrictions, official says

Planes of Japan Airlines (JAL) are seen, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, at Tokyo International Airport, commonly known as Haneda Airport in Tokyo, Japan, October 30, 2020. REUTERS/Issei Kato/File Photo

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SYDNEY, Sept 13 (Reuters) – Japan Airlines Co Ltd (JAL) (9201.T) is operating at 65% of its pre-pandemic international capacity, although COVID-19 restrictions limit demand to around 40% of pre-pandemic. pandemic levels, an airline executive said on Tuesday.

In the domestic market, the airline is operating at 100% of its pre-pandemic capacity, although demand is around 80% of corresponding levels, said Akihide Yoguchi, JAL’s vice president of strategic research for the region. Asia-Oceania.

“Domestic demand has recovered faster than international, like many other markets,” he told a CAPA Center for Aviation conference.

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Japan’s international travel demand has been hampered by the need for tourists to obtain visas and reservations through travel agencies, as well as a daily cap on the number of inbound travelers.

The Japanese government plans to scrap tourist visa requirements from some countries as part of a further relaxation of border controls, Fuji News Network reported on Monday. Read more

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida could decide as early as this week on the easing, which would also allow travelers to visit Japan without going through a travel agency, FNN reported.

Japan did not require tourist visas for 68 countries and regions before the pandemic.

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Reporting by Jamie Freed; Editing by Clarence Fernandez and Gerry Doyle

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