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Japanese airlines brace for further restructuring amid scarce aid

ANA suspends bonuses while JAL-backed LCC Jetstar plans to cut routes

All Nippon Airways has decided to suspend winter bonuses to its nearly 15,000 employees, while Jetstar Japan will suspend six loss-making routes for the period through March 2021.

TOKYO -- Pressures for public aid are mounting in the Japanese aviation market, with no rebound in sight for air travel, as full-service and budget airlines are preparing further cost-cutting measures that will hit their employees and routes.

Public funds and state-guaranteed loans will be vital if Japan's full-service carriers are to make it through to early next year, some industry experts say, noting that airlines in other Asian nations are restructuring with government help.

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