After almost three years of operations, Jetstar Japan on 1 June finally launched its first international route from its main Tokyo Narita hub. Hong Kong was the destination chosen and celebrations in Japan included the traditional mascots and dragons. Five carriers already serve the market including Jetstar Japan’s part-owner Japan Airlines.
- Jetstar Japan, which launched in July 2012, has finally introduced its first international route from its Tokyo Narita (NRT) base. On 1 June the LCC began thrice-weekly flights on the 2,961-kilometre route to Hong Kong (HKG). Frequency will increase to six flights per week in July before becoming daily from September. Competition on the route will be intense as Cathay Pacific Airways (25 weekly flights), All Nippon Airways (14), Vanilla Air (14), HK Express (seven) and Japan Airlines (seven) already offer flights between these two major airports. Jetstar Japan, in which oneworld members Qantas and Japan Airlines both have an equal share, utilises a fleet of 20 180-seat A320s and will operate a total of 21 routes this summer, 19 of them domestic. The carrier launched its first international service to Hong Kong from Osaka Kansai at the end of February. See how Tokyo Narita Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world.