Thursday, January 24, 2013

Jetstar Japan adds Oita, Nagoya and Kagoshima to its network

Budget domestic Japanese airline Jetstar Japan has just started flying in July 2012 but it is growing fast to be one of the biggest domestic low-fare airline in Japan. In addition to its existing Tokyo, Osaka, Okinawa, Fukuoka and Sapporo flights, the airline will start flying twice daily return services on Tokyo-Oita, Fukuoka- Nagoya and Sapporo-Nagoya routes from 31 March 2013 with return flights to Kagoshima from Tokyo and Nagoya starting on 31 May.

“The popularity of our low fares in the first six months of flying highlights just how much Japanese travellers have embraced low cost flying,” said Jetstar Group CEO Jayne Hrdlick. “Our new services to Oita, Nagoya and Kagoshima will help stimulate demand by making air travel more accessible to more passengers in these areas and also encourage tourists to visit the regions.”

In addition to offering services into new destinations, Jetstar Japan will also operate another three return trips between Tokyo and Sapporo. Jetstar has been flying to Japan from Australia since 2007 and operates daily services to Tokyo from Cairns and the Gold Coast. “These new destinations give Australian travellers an even greater opportunity to explore more of Japan with Jetstar,” Ms Hrdlicka added.

Jetstar Japan is owned by Qantas, Japan Airlines, Mitsubishi Corporation, and Century Tokyo Leasing Corporation. The airline has started with just 3 planes but to support the increased flying schedule, the airline is taking delivery of two A-320s and currently has a fleet of seven A320s. This number is planned to grow to 24 aircraft in the next few years.

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