United Continental reduces Japan capacity amid 'measurable' decline
United Continental Holdings stated it has recorded a “measurable decline” in US-to-Japan travel demand following the earthquake and nuclear disaster (Bloomberg/The Nikkei/Associated Press/Reuters/Agence France Press, 31/Mar-2011/01-Apr-2011). The carrier is cutting 10% of its capacity on US-Japan routes in Apr-2011 and 14% in May-2011. The airline is reducing capacity several midweek flights from airports including Newark, Los Angeles, Washington Dulles and Seattle in the coming months, said Christen David, a spokeswoman for the carrier said. The carrier will continue the majority of its normal services on all routes to Tokyo Narita, while eliminating some services on days when bookings are lower. United Continental joins Delta Air Lines and American Airlines in trimming service to Japan in response to a decline in traffic. Delta suspended two services to Tokyo Haneda Airport, from Los Angeles and Detroit, and American has stated it would halt two of its six daily Japan service, including services between New York JFK and Tokyo Haneda and between Dallas Fort Worth and Narita.