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JAL to reassign 3,000 workers, expecting long business travel slump

Exclusive: Flag carrier staff will go to budget airlines, shopping and e-commerce

Japan Airlines expects demand for business travel to remain depressed for some time. (Photo by Konosuke Urata)

TOKYO -- Japan Airlines plans to transfer about 3,000 workers from its core business to its budget carriers and nonaviation units, Nikkei has learned, as forecasts show business travel struggling to return to pre-pandemic levels.

The move will see JAL pivot more toward tourism demand, which is expected to recover faster.

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