On December 3, 2019, JAL announced that it will be suspending its Nagoya – Bangkok route starting from the upcoming summer schedule. The last rotation on the route is expected to operate on March 28, 2020.
With that, JAL’s international presence at Nagoya Centrair will be reduced from a total of five destinations to four.
JAL to Suspend Nagoya – Bangkok
While the vast majority of JAL’s international routes operate out of Tokyo Haneda and Narita airports, the airline also operates some out of Osaka Kansai and Nagoya Centrair. Out of the latter, it currently operates daily flights to Bangkok, Honolulu, Shanghai, Taipei, and Tianjin.
That said, starting from March 29, 2020, the airline will suspend its Nagoya (NGO) – Bangkok (BKK) route to accommodate for the reduction in the number of 787s with regional business class seats. JAL will have less of the aircraft as two will join the fleet of its upcoming low-cost subsidiary ZIPAIR Tokyo.
Until then, the flights will operate as usual with the following schedule:
- JL737 / NGO – BKK / 11:35AM – 4:05PM
- JL738 / BKK – NGO / 12:55AM – 8:20AM
Once JAL withdraws from the route, Thai Airways – with its two daily flights – will be the only airline offering non-stop service from Nagoya to Bangkok Suvarnabhumi. There will be no more oneworld airlines offering connections to Southeast Asia beyond Hong Kong and Taipei.
As for JAL’s routes to Bangkok, it will continue to operate two daily flights from Tokyo Haneda, and a daily flight from Tokyo Narita and Osaka Kansai each. Because of that, oneworld loyalists will still have the option of taking JAL to Bangkok – except they will have to transfer at one of the Tokyo airports.
Finally, the airline’s subsidiary ZIPAIR Tokyo, scheduled to launch next May, will also launch flights from Tokyo Narita to Bangkok as its first destination.
While it is unfortunate that JAL will be cancelling the Nagoya – Bangkok route, it is likely its only option if it wants to transfer two of its 787s to ZIPAIR Tokyo.
Even without JAL operating on the route, Nagoya will still be able to maintain non-stop link with the city thanks to Thai Airways’ double daily flights. Passengers wishing to fly on a oneworld airline will continue to have the option of either flying with JAL via Tokyo or with Cathay Pacific via Hong Kong.