Japan Airlines is increasing its flights to Alaska this winter. JAL is going from 12 last year to 18. That’s still short of the airline’s 2009 peak of 19 Alaska flights. Fairbanks Convention and Visitor’s Bureau Director Deb Hickock says economic reasons figure into JAL’s rebound in the Alaska market.
The JAL charters come into Fairbanks and Anchorage, with passengers on the Anchorage flights riding the Alaska Railroad to Fairbanks. Hickcok says interior activities are the focus.
This winter’s JAL Alaska flights run Dec. 27 through March. The 18 charters have total capacity of about 1,500 passengers. Japan Airlines has been bringing visitors to Fairbanks since 2004.
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