Japan Airlines Group announced the passenger traffic results on international and domestic routes for the traditional Japanese "Golden Week'' vacation, which stretched this year from April 25 to May 6, 2008.
Compared to the same period in 2007, the number of international passenger reservations for Japan flight departures was 6.2% down, and the number of domestic passenger reservations was 2.5% down.
International: The number of international passenger reservations during the 12-day period, made up by a combination of public holidays and weekends, was 403,638 in total. The seat load factor was 65.6%. Supply
measured in available seats was 3.5% down on the same period last year.
Passenger demand on long-haul and medium-haul routes was negatively affected by the fragmented nature of this year's Golden Week national holidays. Passenger reservations to short-haul international
destinations, however, were favorable. Guam, South Korea and Taiwan passenger numbers were up respectively by 8.9%, 7.7% and 6.8% when compared to the same period last year.
JAL Group operated on international routes an additional 44 flights including charter flights to accommodate demand for travel to such destinations as Guam, Honolulu, Macao, Palau, Phuket and Saipan. Last
year the airline operated a total of 81 additional flights over the same period.
Seat load factors were high on Guam, Hawaii and South Korea routes: 81.2, 78.3 and 77.2% respectively.
Domestic: JAL Group domestic Golden Week passenger reservations totaled 1,436,658, 2.5% down on the same vacation period last year. The domestic Japan seat load factor forecast was 65.3%.