2 Apr 2011

Travel demand to Japan falling

10:55 am on 2 April 2011

American Airlines is reducing the number of flights from the United States to Japan as travel demand to the country continues to fall.

The airline said it would suspend two of its six daily flights to Japan from 6 April.

Other international airlines such as Delta and Qantas have also announced a reduction in capacity to Japan.

Travel demand has been falling due to fears of radiation leak after the earthquake and tsunami on 11 March.

The BBC reports the routes being temporarily suspended are from New York to Haneda airport and from Dallas to Narita airport, in Tokyo.

Earlier this week, Japan's national carrier Japan Airlinesannounced that passenger numbers on its international routes had fallen 25% since 11 March.