Jetstar Japan to Cancel 70 Flights in June on Pilot Shortage
Tokyo, June 3 (Jiji Press)--Budget carrier Jetstar Japan said Monday that it expects to cancel a total of 70 flights in June, due to a temporary shortage of pilots, with the number accounting for 2 pct of all of its flights in the month.
The carrier already canceled 16 flights in the two days through Sunday.
Of the 70 flights, 58 will be domestic flights, including those between Narita International Airport, near Tokyo, and New Chitose Airport in the northernmost prefecture of Hokkaido, and 12 international flights, including those between Narita and Taipei.
Jetstar Japan has started procedures for flight changes or reimbursement for some 7,500 affected customers.
According to the airline, some pilots took long leave in April and May for reasons such as injuries, forcing other pilots to cancel their leave plans and stay on duty. These pilots will go on leave one after another in June, leading to the personnel shortage.
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