JAL sees return to profit as Japan moves to reopen borders

2年連続の最終赤字 オミクロン株の感染拡大など影響

ajot.com -- May 06
Japan Airlines Co. forecast a return to profit this year, betting on a pick-up in domestic and international travel as the nation signals it’s ready to loosen virus-related border controls.

JAL forecast net income of 45 billion yen ($345 million) for the fiscal year ending March 2023, topping analysts’ average estimate for around 10.2 billion yen. The airline posted a heavier-than-predicted loss of 49.2 billion yen for the January-March quarter of the recently ended fiscal year, according to a statement Friday.

JAL’s new forecast arrives after Prime Minister Fumio Kishida created waves just a day earlier by pledging Japan will loosen its virus-related border measures next month. The move set forth what could amount to a lifeline for the country’s ailing travel industry.

JAL said on Friday that it’s seen a significant recovery in domestic travel following the lifting of quasi-states of emergency across Japan earlier this year. For the upcoming year, the airline said it expects Japan and international travel demand to recover to about 90% and 45% of pre-pandemic levels, respectively.

While Kishida has credited Japan’s stringent entry policies with helping the country weather the pandemic relatively well, in relaxing measures the government is seeking to boost consumer spending and counter an economic slowdown. Japanese travel stocks—including JAL shares—gained Friday.

日本航空の決算が2年連続の最終赤字となりました。 日本航空の昨年度のグループ全体の決算は純損益が1775億円の赤字となりました。 当初の予想より300億円以上、赤字幅が拡大した形で最終赤字となるのは2年連続です。 今年1月以降のオミクロン株の感染拡大で国内旅行の需要が大きく落ち込んだことなどが影響しました。 - 日テレNEWS