Japan Airlines domestic traffic down 1% in March

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Japan Airlines (JAL) has posted a 1% year-on-year decrease in domestic passenger traffic, as measured in RPKs, for March.

The carrier's domestic capacity, as measured in ASKs, fell by 1.1%, while its domestic passenger numbers inched up by 0.1% to 2.61 million. The domestic load factor stood at 65.3%.

JAL's international passenger traffic for the month grew by 4.7% year on year. Its international capacity went up by 5.4% and international passenger numbers increased by 2.5% to 693,000. The international load factor was 79%.

The volume of international cargo carried decreased by 1.2% to 22,100t, while the amount of mail carried grew by 12% to 2,480t.

The carrier's total cargo carried on domestic routes increased by 2.2% to 34,000t and total mail carried fell by 0.3% to 2,390t.

For the year to 31 March, the airline's domestic passenger traffic increased by 3.4%, capacity increased by 2.6% and passenger numbers rose by 3.6% to 30 million. The domestic load factor stood at 63.1%.

International passenger traffic for the period rose by 12.3%, capacity grew by 4% and passenger numbers rose by 9.9% to 7.53 million. The international load factor was 76.1%.

On the cargo front, international cargo volume increased by 4.4% to 248,000t and international mail volume decreased by 7.4% to 26,800t, while domestic cargo volume increased by 1.2% to 386,000t and domestic mail volume decreased by 2.3% to 27,000t.