Japan Airlines Corporation has announced that it will cancel 16 international and domestic passenger routes, including four routes to China.
Of the 16 routes, eight are international and the other eight are domestic ones. The international routes include flights to Hangzhou, Xiamen, and Qingdao from Tokyo Narita International Airport, and the Hangzhou route from Kansai International Airport. Other routes include Tokyo to Mexico City and Osaka to Pusan.
JAL has decided to complete the cancellation of international air routes in December 2009 January 2010, while cancellation of domestic routes will start in February 2010 and be completed by June 2010. When all the cancellation work is done, JAL will completely withdraw from Hangzhou, Qingdao, Xiamen, Mexico City, and Kobe.
It is reported that JAL has been suffering losses on all the 16 routes, and the company hopes the closure of these air routes will help to improve its profitability.