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Wednesday, 18th March 2009
In Japan Travel News,

Thousands of airline passengers hit by strikes

More than 130 All Nippon Airways (ANA) flights were cancelled following industrial action by pilots, it has emerged.

Reports claim that the strike has resulted in over 9,000 people being stranded at airports.

The 24-hour strike, which was caused by a dispute about safety standards and pilot training, hit around 15 per cent of ANA's flights.

An ANA spokesman said international flights were operating as normal.

The airline is planning to reduce operating costs by cutting managers' salaries by five per cent and is also in talks with unions to adjust the pay of regular staff.

ANA has forecast an annual loss of nine billion yen (£65 million) for this financial year.

Japan Airlines, ANA's largest competitor, had also faced industrial action today (March 18th) but this was cancelled.

Recently, it was reported that Japan's airlines are lobbying the government for help during the economic downturn.

Written by Mark Smith