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AirAsia Japan files for bankruptcy, to cease operations this December

Another airline succumbs to this pandemic as AirAsia Japan has filed for bankruptcy last November 17, 2020, listing about $208 million in liabilities. This is the first airline in Japan to fall to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The airline is set to end its operations on December 5.

According to a report from Asian Aviation, the move comes after the budget carrier’s Malaysian parent, AirAsia, cut off aid to the Japanese joint venture. The filing was said to have left more than 23,000 customers without refunds for cancelled flights. AirAsia says it will provide credits that can be used for international flights on group airlines and said it plans to seek aid from shareholders.

AirAsia Japan is the only Japanese carrier whose hub is at Nagoya's Chubu Centrair International Airport. It has a fleet of 3 Airbus A320 aircraft which operates domestic flights to Sapporo, Sendai, and Fukuoka. It only flies to one international destination which is Taipei, Taiwan. 

The airline only lasted for 6 years.

Sayonara AirAsia Japan!

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