The Japan Airlines Group has released its passenger
traffic forecast on international and domestic routes for the
traditional Japanese "Golden Week" vacation, stretching this year from
April 28 to May 6, 2009.
The number of international passenger
reservations for flights departing Japan is up by 9.1% while
domestic passenger reservations are down by 1.1% relative to the
same vacation period in 2008.
International passenger reservations during the
9 day period, made up of a combination of public holidays and
weekends, currently stand at 324,234 in total. The forecast seat
load factor is 77%, up 11.4 percentage points versus the load
factor on flights during the Golden Week vacation period in spring
Consequently from the decrease of fuel surcharges on
international flights out of Japan from April 2009, passenger
reservations to destinations in China, Hawaii and South East Asia
during this period have seen a significant increase by 33.1%,
14.2% and 17.4% respectively.
The load factors on Hawaii and South
Korea routes are positive. The forecasted load factor of JAL's transpacific flights
also saw improvement after the downward adjustment of seat
capacity by 15.3%.
JAL Group plans to operate 51
additional flights on international routes, including charter
flights, to accommodate demand for travel to such destinations as
Honolulu, Guam, South Korea, Palau, Bali and Saipan.
JAL Group domestic passenger reservations total
1,030,240 during this Golden Week, 1.1% down on the same period
last year. Due to the reduction in seat capacity by 2.8%, the seat
load factor forecast of 64.3% remains close to that of the
The JAL Group plans to operate an additional 54
flights on domestic Japan routes to support the demand for travel
to such areas as Okinawa (Naha), as well as Sapporo.
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