May 08, 2007

Decline in riders on golden week

JAL Group, owner of Japan Airlines and Japan Air System, said there was an 8.6 percent decline in passengers to Hawai'i during the recent Golden Week period.

The Tokyo-based airline holding company said it carried 44,356 passengers to the Aloha State from April 27 to May 6, a 10-day period when there are a number of public holidays. It said the number of available seats to Hawai'i was off 4.5 percent from a year earlier.

The company also reported an almost 21 percent decline in passengers on flights to Oceania, while it had increases for its Guam, South Korea and China destinations.

Competitor ANA Group, operator of All Nippon Airways and five other carriers, said passengers on its international flights during Golden Week increased by 6 percent, led by an increase in those headed to China. It did not break out numbers for Hawai'i flights.


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