Jetstar Japan’s mascot was kept busy last week as the LCC increased the number of routes to Taiwan from one to three. On 11 December flights began from Osaka Kansai (flight number GK51), followed on 12 December by service from Nagoya (flight number GK91). Both routes launched with just thrice-weekly flights but frequency will increase to daily before the end of the year.
- Jetstar Japan has added two more routes to Taiwan, after starting its first route there from Tokyo Narita on 27 November. On 11 December the LCC began thrice-weekly flights from Osaka Kansai (KIX) to Taipei Taoyuan (TPE) followed the next day by thrice-weekly flights from Nagoya (NGO) to Taiwan. Competition on the 1,703-kilometre route from Osaka is intense, with China Airlines (22 weekly flights), EVA Air (22), Peach Aviation (21), Japan Airlines (14), TransAsia Airways (14), Jetstar Asia (12), Tigerair Taiwan (seven) and Cathay Pacific Airways (seven) all operating the same airport pair. Only China Airlines (11 weekly flights), Cathay Pacific (seven) and Japan Airlines (seven) compete with Jetstar Japan on the 1,849-kilometre route from Nagoya. To compete better, Jetstar Japan will increase frequency on both routes to daily later this month with all flights operated by the airline’s fleet of 20 180-seat A320s.