Struggling Japanese budget carrier Skymark eyes support of ANA, JAL


TOKYO–Japanese budget carrier Skymark Airlines said Wednesday it was considering asking for help from domestic giant All Nippon Airways, even while eyeing a tie-up with ANA’s rival Japan Airlines (JAL). Skymark could ask for code-sharing as the main pillar of that help as is the case with ongoing talks with JAL, he told AFP by telephone. Selling flights under JAL or ANA’s codes would help reduce vacant seats. The news on possible support from the nation’s two biggest carriers boosted Skymark shares by 8.65 percent to 251 yen on Wednesday morning.

The Nikkei economic daily had reported Skymark planned to get ANA on board because the transport ministry is reluctant to let JAL be the sole savior. But the Skymark spokesman said it was the company’s own decision to seek assistance from ANA.