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Pilot shortage reveals cracks in Peach's top spot

TOKYO -- Peach Aviation is in danger of losing its top position in Japan's budget market due to a pilot shortage. The airline's sudden announcement that it will slash services during the peak summer period due to the shortage also means there is now an opportunity for domestic and foreign rivals to increase pressure on the market leader.

Peach Aviation is in danger of losing its lead in Japan's budget airline market due to a pilot shortage.

     On April 24, Peach said it will reduce up to 2,088 flights for the six months through October due to pilot shortages. The reduction is nearly equivalent to the number of extra flights it had planned for the summer.

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