JAL Group carried 341,459 passengers on its international flights (-1%) during the New Year holiday period from December 22 2016 to January 3 2017, providing 382,126 available seats (-4.9%). The load factor was up 3.5 points year on year to 89.4%.
By route, JAL increased passengers by 6.0% on the Southeast Asia routes, by 3.1% on the transpacific routes, by 8.6% on the Europe routes and by 5.1% on the Guam route. Although JAL increased available seats by 0.8% on the Oceania routes, it reduced passengers by 4.9%. The busiest day for departures from Japan was December 29 with the load factor of 95.8%, and the busiest day for arrivals in Japan January 3 with 96.1%.
Domestic flight passengers were up 10.4% to 1,159,041 on 1,459,115 available seats (+1.1%), and the load factor was 78.6%, 6.6 higher points than a year ago.
JAL resulted in higher load factors than a year ago on all of the destinations except Hokkaido (-6.8%). Passengers on the Okinawa routes partiuclarly increased by 20.1%, which was much higher than 9.5% increase in available seats. The load factors of above 80% were recorded on the Hokkaido routes (80%), the Kansai routes (82.3%) and the Okinawa routes (+82.3%). The busiest day for departures from Tokyo was December 29 with the load factor of 97.3%, and the busiest day for arrivals in Tokyo January 3 with 95.4%.