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Northwest to halt daily service from New York to Tokyo

AFP , NEW YORK

Northwest Airlines said on Wednesday it was indefinitely suspending its daily nonstop service from New York to Tokyo due to the record-high cost of jet fuel.

The carrier said flights to Tokyo's Narita Airport would be halted on Oct. 2.

"Northwest remains firmly committed to its Narita hub, an integral part of our global route network, and to serving travelers in the New York-Tokyo market," said Phil Haan, a Northwest executive.

"Unfortunately, the record-high cost of fuel, a challenge facing the entire airline industry, is severely affecting the financial viability of some routes and forcing us to make some difficult decisions."

Northwest, which has been on the brink of bankruptcy because of soaring fuel costs and other woes, said passengers could still travel to Tokyo's Narita Airport from other US airports.

"The airline is in the process of proactively contacting its customers to re-accommodate them on flights operated by Northwest or its SkyTeam alliance partners," the carrier said.

The Boeing 747-400 aircraft dedicated to the New York-Tokyo flight will be redeployed to operate Northwest's Los Angeles-Tokyo service, Northwest said.

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