Jetstar Japan launches second Osaka-Kansai base

Tokyo Narita-based Jetstar Japan has officially launched Osaka Kansai as its second Japanese hub after Tokyo Narita.


Jetstar Japan launches second Osaka-Kansai base


Tokyo Narita-based Jetstar Japan has officially launched Osaka Kansai as its second Japanese hub after Tokyo Narita. The LCC first announced its intention to use Osaka as a second hub as far back as 2012, but has been beset by delays due to issues over Japan’s internal maintenance procedure regulations. The carrier now intends to double its Kansai presence by growing services on its four existing routes namely – Fukuoka, Okinawa Naha, Sapporo Chitose and Tokyo Narita.

Osaka Kansai-Fukuoka goes from a daily service in May 2014 to double daily in July 2014; Okinawa from daily to three daily; Sapporo from 11 weekly to 14 weekly; and Tokyo Narita from 32 weekly to 38 weekly. The delays in getting its second Kansai hub operational have seen Jetstar Japan’s main local competitor, Peach Aviation, to take the lead in the Japanese market. Jetstar Japan operates 18 aircraft to ten destinations with some 90 daily flights.