JAL halves flights to Bangkok due to unrest

TOKYO, May 18, 2010 (AFP) - Japan Airlines said Tuesday it will halve its weekly flights to Bangkok from June due to escalating violence in Thailand's capital where anti-government protesters are clashing with the army.

In an illustration of the turmoil's impact on tourism and the Thai economy, JAL said it will reduce by around half the frequency of its Osaka-Bangkok and Nagoya-Bangkok routes from June 1 for the entire month, a statement said.

JAL "strives to responsively adjust its capacity to match sudden changes in demand resulting from event risks that confront the airline industry, such as the current anti-government demonstrations in Bangkok," it said.

The airline said it will reduce its scheduled flights departing from Osaka and Nagoya to Bangkok from 14 per week to seven during the month after the unrest caused passenger bookings to the city to drop.

The group said the unrest caused passenger bookings to the city to drop.

The Thai military Saturday declared one area of Bangkok a live fire zone as troops struggled to gain control in street battles.

The two-month crisis has left 67 people dead and about 1,700 wounded. Twenty-five people died in a failed army crackdown on April 10.

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