Japan budget airlines competition hots up

Dino D'Amore
By Dino D'Amore September 30, 2010 14:45

Japan budget airlines competition hots up

From October 31, AirAsia X plans to begin regular international flights from Haneda Airport.

Since the de-regulation of the aviation sector, the Japanese government has encouraged more low-cost carriers to enter the Japanese market by improving airport terminals and relaxing regulations on airfares.

Seven low-cost carriers currently offer flights from Japanese airports including Jeju Air, JetStar Airways, and Spring Airlines. These airlines follow the typical loscost model by charging for in-flight services and imposing more aggressive baggage fees, which help to keep airfares low..

All Nippon Airways has also announced plans to establish a new low-cost airline, in cooperation with a Hong Kong investment group and other partners. Japan Airlines is also expected to enter the fray, suggesting a major battle for the low cost share in the region.

Dino D'Amore
By Dino D'Amore September 30, 2010 14:45
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