Thursday, January 24, 2013

Jetstar Japan plans to fly from Nagoya to Fukuoka and Sapporo

Low-cost domestic Japanese airline Jetstar Japan started flights in July 2012. Using a fleet of seven new Airbus A320 aircraft (and adding more every 4-5 weeks), the budget airline operates to five destinations, with Osaka, Sapporo, Fukuoka and Okinawa to be served from the carrier's main base at Tokyo Narita Airport. According to Routes Online, the budget airline is planning to add new links from Nagoya to Fukuoka and Sapporo from March 31, 2013 and to Kagoshima from May 31, 2013, operating on a daily or twice daily basis. Jetstar Japan is also set to open a new operational base at Nagoya Chūbu Centrair International Airport in 2013:

"The domestic market at Nagoya Chūbu Centrair International is dominated by All Nippon Airways (ANA) which held a 71.6 per cent share of last year’s flight capacity, followed by Japan Airlines with a 14.9 per cent share and Skymark Airlines with a 7.0 per cent share.  The markets of Fukuoka and Kagoshima are already flown from Nogoya Chūbu by ANA through its mainline and Air Nippon and IBEX Airline partners, while Sapporo is served by ANA, JAL and Skymark Airlines.  It is understood that AirAsia Japan is also considering expanding its network to Nagoya Chūbu and could announce its own network plans in the coming weeks."

The budget airline concept is rapidly emerging and having a big impact on the Japan domestic market. Recent new start-ups AirAsia Japan, Jetstar Japan and Peach don’t actually make it into the analysis of the top ten carriers by capacity in 2013 with just 0.6 per cent, 0.5 per cent and 0.5 per cent shares but these operators will begin to influence the local market significantly in future years.

Jetstar Japan is owned by Qantas, Japan Airlines, Mitsubishi Corporation and Century Tokyo Leasing Corporation. 

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