Bankruptcy not seen affecting Tokyo flights

Posted: Thursday, January 21, 2010

FAIRBANKS - This week's bankruptcy filing by Japan Airlines is not expected to impact its already reduced service to Fairbanks.

Fairbanks International Airport spokeswoman Angie Spear says the airline thinks its currently scheduled flights will remain unchanged. She noted the carrier has generally been prompt in notifying the airport about adjustments.

The struggling carrier has scheduled nine direct flights from Tokyo to Fairbanks this winter - down from 18 a year ago. The chartered flights bring a wave of Japanese tourists for aurora viewing and other activities.

Last year's flights generated an estimated $4 million in tourism spending.

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