AirAsia Japan goes South Korea: adds services to Seoul Incheon
AirAsia Japan’s Tokyo Narita to Seoul Incheon
AirAsia Japan, which only commenced operations on 1 August (becoming the winner of the anna.aero Route of the Week prize on the spot!), decided to go international and set up its first South Korean route on 28 October. The carrier now offers daily services on the 1,300-kilometre route across the Sea of Japan from Tokyo Narita (NRT) to Seoul Incheon (ICN). Kazuyuki Iwakata, AirAsia Japan’s CEO, said: “The announcement of our new international routes to Korea gives me much pleasure as we can now further expand the AirAsia Group’s existing extensive route network, connecting Japan and other countries in Asia. It makes much sense to begin our international flights to Korea, our next-door neighbour.” Competition in the market is fierce. Already operating on the route are Korean Air (28 weekly frequencies), Asiana Airlines (21), JAL (14), ANA (7), Delta (7), Eastar Jet (7) and United Airlines (7). The addition of the new AirAsia Japan service brings the combined number of weekly seats offered on the route up to almost 25,000. The low-cost airline has already announced the launch of its second route to South Korea with services to Busan scheduled to start end of November.