Jetstar plans Naha-Hong Kong flights

August 18, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

Jetstar Hong Kong, an affiliated airline of the low-cost carrier Jetstar, is planning to launch a Naha-Hong Kong service. On August 17, Tsuyoshi Ichino, head of the public relations department for Jetstar Japan, said that the company plans to operate flights between Naha and Hong Kong, but he did not comment about the timing of the new service.

In March 2012, Jetstar Hong Kong was established after Jetstar and China Eastern Airlines set up a partnership, and will start operating in 2013.

Meanwhile, Jetstar Japan is planning to increase the number of flights on popular routes such as Naha-Haneda. Currently, there are two round-trips, so four flights a day between these two airports. Popular flights to Naha and Chitose in Hokkaido have attracted more passengers than expected and are almost full.

Within the next three years, Jetstar Japan is planning to increase the number of flights using the Airbus A320, which can carry 180 people, from the current four to 24 flights. They are also considering opening new routes in addition to the existing six routes including Narita-Naha and Kansai-Naha.

(English translation by T&CT, Megumi Chibana and Mark Ealey)

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