United, Continental cutting capacity to Japan

By Associated Press
Posted March 31 at 11:33 a.m.

United and Continental airlines are reducing flights between the U.S. and Japan because of a drop in demand since the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

Spokeswoman Julie King said Thursday the airlines will drop a few flights a week between four U.S. cities and Tokyo, and will delay plans to add a second daily flight between San Francisco and Tokyo.

King says there has been a measurable decline in demand but wouldn’t put a percentage figure on it.

The flight reductions will cut the airlines’ combined passenger-carrying capacity on U.S.-Japan flights by 10 percent in April and 14 percent in May.


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