Northwest to suspend New York/Tokyo service
Northwest Airlines said Wednesday it will indefinitely suspend its daily nonstop service from New York’s JFK Airport to Tokyo’s Narita Airport due to the high cost of jet fuel.
The New York/Tokyo service will be stopped as of Oct. 2. The airline said it will continue to offer a single connecting service from New York area airports to Tokyo through its Detroit and Minneapolis/St. Paul hubs. The Boeing 747-400 aircraft dedicated to the New York/Tokyo flight will be redeployed to operate Northwest’s Los Angeles/Tokyo service.
“Unfortunately, the record-high cost of fuel, a challenge facing the entire airline industry, is severely affecting the financial viability of some routes and forcing us to make some difficult decisions,” said Phil Haan, Northwest’s executive vice president of international, alliances and information technology and chairman of NWA Cargo.