Well it’s not like we’ll be travelling anywhere anytime soon anyways but this is still sad news.
AirAsia Group Berhad has announced that it will be closing its operations in Japan. The closing was filed by the company to Bursa Malaysia today on Sunday, October 5.
The airline said it has been notified that the board of directors for AirAsia Japan (AAJ) have taken a decision to cease operations in the country with immediate effect.
“We respect and have agreed to the decision made by AAJ as this would reduce the cash burn of AAJ and the Company amid the highly challenging operating conditions in Japan which have been aggravated by the Covid-19 pandemic that has plagued the world since early this year,” AirAsia wrote in the filing.
Representative director and COO Jun Aida said, according to a report by Asian Aviation, that AAJ concluded that continuing to operate without any visibility and certainty of a post-pandemic recovery path would be a challenging feat.
He added that the decision of closing operations was agreed upon by the board after a thorough business review was conducted.
The closing only affects the domestic and international flights operated by AAJ within the country and does not affect flights going in or out of Japan operated by other airlines within the AirAsia Group. AAJ has cancelled all flights and have contacted affected guests via email with further information.
Okay, so we still get to fly in and out of Japan someday (unless flying and travelling becomes a thing of the past), just not with AirAsia Japan. That’s actually really sad. To those who have travelled with Airasia Japan, how do you feel about this news? Are you sad? Will you miss them? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.