3/17/2011

United Continental says it is monitoring capacity needs between the U.S. and Japan due to a "measurable decline" in traffic following last week's earthquake. "We are monitoring the markets closely and will continue to provide the level of service that is warranted by demand and which can be operated safely," a company spokesman said Wednesday. Ford, ITT and other major companies have reduced their corporate travel to Japan, and the U.S. unit of Nissan Motor Co. has temporarily suspended all business trips to the country. Some round-trip fares have dropped below the $1,000 mark, though American Airlines says traffic to Japan has "stayed fairly level in most cases."

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