Japan Airlines announced its plans to cut the number of weekly flights it offers between Honolulu and Tokyo’s Narita Airport from 21 to 14 beginning April 6.

The move comes as the airline is seeing a dramatic drop in outbound passengers following the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

“The Hawaii Tourism Authority understands the difficult decision Japan Airlines has made to temporarily reduce flights from Narita to Honolulu in April 2011,” Mike McCartney, HTA president and CEO, said in a March 28 statement. “We remain committed to working with JAL on efforts to drive demand and reinstate air seats to Hawaii when appropriate.”

In total, JAL will cut 74 weekly flights on 11 different international routes, including service to Beijing and Seoul.
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