AirAsia Japan starts winding down
AirAsia Japan will cancel hundreds of flights over two months before it ceases operations under the current brand at the end of October.
- Published: 27/07/2013 at 01:49 PM
- Newspaper section: breakingnews
Air Asia Japan attendants greet journalists at Narita airport in July 2012.
The budget carrier, operated jointly by Malaysia-based AirAsia and Japan's All Nippon Airways (ANA), will suspend 14 daily flights from Sept 1 to Oct 26, according to a company statement.
The carrier said the cancellations, which would affect 14,000 passengers, reflected a lack of planes to service all its routes.
The affected routes include flights linking Seoul to Nagoya, and Tokyo to Sapporo.
The carrier will cease operations by the end of October, just 14 months after it started flying out of Tokyo's Narita airport in August last year.
Announcing the dissolution of AirAsia Japan in June, the Malaysian carrier cited a "fundamental difference of opinion between its shareholders on how the business should be managed, from cost management to where the domestic business operations should be based".
ANA, however, said the venture dissolved because it was not well known in Japan and could not register profits.
The Japanese carrier plans to launch a new budget brand in November.
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