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Japanese airlines Airdo and Solaseed Air set to merge in 2022

Companies aim to cut operating costs to bounce back from COVID-19 slowdown

Airdo and Solaseed Air could lose landing slots at Tokyo's Haneda Airport as a result of their planned merger. (Source photos by Karina Nooka and Jiji)

TOKYO -- Two Japanese regional airlines, Airdo and Solaseed Air, are set to merge, Nikkei learned Thursday, in what would be the first case of consolidation among airlines in the country in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The merger, which is set for the autumn of 2022, is expected to reduce the carriers' operating costs through joint procurement of supplies and aircraft maintenance, amid a sharp fall in air passengers.

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