AirAsia Japan’s CEO, Yoshinori Odagiri, led the launch celebrations for the airline’s new service from Nagoya to Seoul Incheon. The airline already serves the South Korean capital with daily flights from Tokyo Narita.
- AirAsia Japan commenced services on two routes, one domestic and one international, from its second base in Nagoya (NGO) on 26 April. The airline, which already serves Fukuoka with twice-daily services from Nagoya, now offers a second domestic destination from Japan’s third-largest city as it flies with daily frequencies to Sapporo Chitose (CTS). In addition to the Sapporo service, AirAsia Japan also commenced operations on its first international route from Nagoya and now connects it with a daily service to Seoul Incheon (ICN). Competition in both markets is significant, and the airline faces ANA (42 weekly flights), Japan Airlines (35), Jetstar Japan (14) and Skymark Airlines (14) on the 1,000-kilometre domestic route, as well as twice-daily flights from both Asiana Airlines and Korean Air, and daily flights from Jeju Air on the route to South Korea. Both newly launched routes are operated using the airline’s fleet of A320s.