LCCs want to cancel service due to few bookings

Japan's transport ministry is considering whether to allow low-cost carriers to cancel flights when only a small number of seats are sold.

Currently, domestic flights can be cancelled due to factors such as bad weather or mechanical failure, but not because there are only a few passengers.

LCC operators are calling for those regulations to be eased, so that they can cancel flights more flexibly. They argue that they could then launch new routes that would otherwise not be cost-effective, and offer lower fares.

But ministry officials are concerned about the convenience of passengers.

They say they will seek the opinions of experts to decide on such issues as how to contact ticket holders, and whether alternative means of transport can be made available for them.