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JR firms to scale back shinkansen service suspensions

23 May 2020
Three Japan Railways Groups plan to lift restrictions on their shinkansen trains as travel is expected to recover due to the liftiing of the state of emergency. (AFP)
Three Japan Railways Groups plan to lift restrictions on their shinkansen trains as travel is expected to recover due to the liftiing of the state of emergency. (AFP)
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Updated 23 May 2020
23 May 2020

TOKYO: Three Japan Railways Group firms said Friday that they will scale back the cancellations of their respective regular Shinkansen bullet train services.

The moves come as travel demand is expected to recover after the government’s state of emergency declaration over the novel coronavirus outbreak has been lifted for many areas of the country.

Central Japan Railway Co., or JR Tokai, will fully resume its regular Shinkansen operations on June 1 while extra services will remain suspended. The daily number of Nozomi trains on the Tokaido Shinkansen Line will be down by 30 percent on average from the year-before levels, compared with the 60 percent cut at present, according to JR Tokai.

East Japan Railway Co., or JR East, and West Japan Railway Co., or JR West, will also scale back the major suspensions of their regular Shinkansen services.

Tokyo-based express bus operator Willer Express, which is now fully suspending business, will resuacme daytime services on seven routes, including between Tokyo and the western prefecture of Osaka, on June 1.

All Nippon Airways plans to cancel some 70 percent of its domestic flights in June, compared with about 85 percent in May.

JIJI Press

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