TOKYO: AirAsia Japan Co. said on Friday it will cancel a portion of its flights this autumn because it won’t have enough planes to service all of its routes as the low-cost carrier parts ways with the Malaysia-based carrier of the same name, The Wall Street Journal said in its Asian edition on Saturday.
The cancellations will affect 14,000 passengers and 14 daily flights for about two months starting Sept. 1, according to AirAsia Japan spokeswoman Chikako Takiguchi.
The budget carrier – formed as a joint-venture between the parent of Japanese carrier All Nippon Airways and AirAsia Bhd – said it needs to return two of the five planes in its fleet to AirAsia by the end of September, making it difficult to service all of its current routes, the WSJ said.
In June, ANA Holdings Inc. said it would end its unprofitable partnership with AirAsia because of disagreements over how to run the budget carrier, dissolving the venture less than a year after it began operations.
ANA will acquire the latter’s 33% stake for Y2.45 billion and said the venture would continue to operate under its current brand through October.
Eight daily flights from Nagoya’s Chubu Airport will be cancelled from Sept. 1-Oct. 26. Four flights between Tokyo and Sapporo and another two flights connecting Tokyo and Okinawa will be cancelled from Oct. 1-26, the WSJ said.