JAL, ANA to increase domestic flights for holidays

Japan's two largest airlines have decided to raise the number of domestic flights during the winter holiday season to almost pre-pandemic levels.

Japan Airlines says it projects the operation rate for domestic flights from December 24 to January 4 will be 97 percent, as more passengers are expected.

All Nippon Airways forecasts its rate will be 98 percent during the same period.

The two airlines plan extra flights on popular routes, including between Tokyo and Hokkaido, as well as Tokyo and Okinawa.

The companies had no choice but to drastically cut the number of flights due to the pandemic.

But as cases of infection have been on a decline in the country, the airlines began raising their domestic flight numbers in the summer.