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Jetstar Japan to provide low-cost flights to Okinawa

Date Posted: 2012-02-24

Okinawa’s airport tarmac will be sporting yet another airline starting July 3rd, when Jetstar Japan begins competing with Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways.

Jetstar Japan, a budget airline owned partly by Australia’s Qantas Airlines, will serve Tokyo’s Narita International Airport, Osaka, Sapporo, Fukuoka and Okinawa with an initial fleet of three new A320 Airbuses. The Jetstar joint venture also includes Japan Airlines and Mitsubishi Corp.

“Fares and schedules will be announced soon,” says a company official. Jetstar says it plans to start with domestic flights, and then move on to short-haul international services to major Asian cities next year. The Melbourne-based airline already operates routes across the Asia-Pacific region, including Australia and Japan.

Already this year, Jetstar has added 36 additional weekly international flights to-and-from Japan. “In a country that’s never had a truly low fare domestic network,” says Jetstar Japan CEO Miyuki Suzuki,” the ability to travel for an average of 50% less will open up new places and opportunities.”

All Nippon Airways has already linked with Malaysia’s AirAsia for a start to AirAsia Japan in August, operating from Tokyo, while Peach Aviation will operate out of Osaka. Skymark Airlines has been operating low-cost domestic routes for over a decade.

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