Japan Airlines has announced that it will cut one of their daily two flights from Tokyo (Narita) to Paris as demand for this route slowed down dramatically after the terror attacks.
JAL will cut their daily Narita-Paris CDG flight effective January 12th 2016 (certain days per week will remain) and continues to serve Paris out of their Tokyo-Haneda Hub with a daily connection.
Japanese travelers are usually quite careful and very safety conscious. It comes at no surprise that after the terror attacks in Paris that left 130 people dead Japanese demand for immediate travel slowed down.
Japal Airlines (JAL) which operates two daily flights ex Tokyo to the french capital (one from Narita, one from Haneda) has been hit hard with this recent development and now took action.
You can read further on the matter at Nikkei Asian Review (access here).
Japan Airlines will halt one of two daily flights from Tokyo to Paris in January and February in light of the November terrorist attacks that have decreased traveling to the French capital.
From Jan. 12 through Feb. 29 it will suspend one daily round trip connecting Narita Airport and Charles de Gaulle Airport except on certain days, the airline said Tuesday. Until demand recovers, it will only offer its daily round trip out of Haneda Airport.A decision about what to do in March and beyond will be made later, but for now JAL is responding to a steep decline in travelers to Paris since the attacks. JAL’s Narita-Paris flights are typically around 80% full, but the planes have been flying at only around 40% of capacity.
Meanwhile, ANA Holdings’ All Nippon Airways, which operates one daily round trip to and from Paris, apparently plans to maintain the same schedule in the new year.
Two flights a day is a lot of capacity that leaves JAL very exposed to such developments, even though the Japanese demand for travel to France and Paris in particular has always been very strong.
It is safe to assume ANA with their one daily flight played it safe and still operates this route with stable results.
At some point the situation will improve with more Japanese tourists wanting to go to France again. Operating a route with 40% capacity is a money burner and the company seemed to have learned from previous mistakes (such as keeping prestige routes for the sake of it) and decided to take action early before incurring massive losses.
For residents of the Tokyo area Haneda is a very convenient airport and it’s also quite easy to nconnect there as the city airport has expanded a lot.