Japan Airlines is pausing all flights between its Tokyo hubs and both Sydney and Melbourne as Australia moves to enact a complete ban on non-essential international travel.
The Qantas partner will drop its JL51 flights from Tokyo’s Haneda Airport to Sydney from March 31 until at least April 30 2020, inclusive, while the last Sydney-Tokyo JL52 flight departs on March 31, to remain suspended until at least early May 2020.
Flights between Melbourne and Narita Airport – JL773 and JL774 – are cut with immediate effect and remain offline until May 2020 at the earliest.
Japan Airlines is the country’s flag carrier and a member of the global Oneworld airline alliance.
Its Star Alliance rival All Nippon Airways (ANA) continues to offer flights between Tokyo and both Sydney and Perth, albeit at a reduced schedule.
Qantas, which does not codeshare on Japan Airlines’ Australian flights, will also withdraw from Japan in late March as it pauses all scheduled international flying.