ANA and JAL carried more passengers on both domestic and international routes and considerably improved the load factors during this year’s Golden Week holiday period between April 29 and May 7 2023.
On the domestic routes, ANA increased passengers by 20.6% year on year to 1.05 million with the load factor of 69.2%, 5.6 higher points than a year ago, and JAL by 11.7% to 930,000 with the load factor of 78.2%, 9.9 higher points than a year ago.
ANA carried 152,000 passengers on the busiest day of May 3, which were the most passengers a day since the pandemic happened. JAL achieved the high load factor as it reduced available seats during the period.
On the international routes, ANA increased passengers by 175.3% year on year to 163,000 with the load factor of 76%, 6.3 higher points than a year ago, and JAL by 129.8% to 152,000 with the load factor of 72.3%, 9.3 higher points than a year ago.
ANA remarkably carried 5.4 times more passengers on the Hawaii route, recovering the demand to 90% or more of the pre-pandemic level. Also, ANA saw good recoveries of leisure travelers from Japan to Bangkok, Seoul and Taipei.
JAL also increased passengers on the Honolulu route, operating full-flights on the busiest day, and saw higher load factors on Bangkok, Manila and Seoul flights.