Jetstar Group airlines Jetstar Japan and Jetstar Pacific continue to bring the low fares revolution to new markets with the announcement of first time LCC flights to new destinations.
Jetstar Japan has announced it will launch services from Tokyo (Narita) to Matsuyama* in Ehime Province, a popular tourist destination famous for its hot springs and historic castle.
Matsuyama will be Jetstar Japan’s ninth destination and follows the recent announcement of new flights to Oita, Nagoya and Kagoshima.
The introduction of services to Matsuyama forms part of Jetstar Japan’s new summer flying schedule, which will see up to double the number of domestic services offered each day.
In Vietnam, Jetstar Pacific has announced new flights from Ho Chi Minh City and Vinh to Buon Ma Thuot** in the Central Highlands, also bringing first time LCC flights to the region.
Jetstar Group CEO Jayne Hrdlicka said introducing first time LCC services to new markets previously only served by full service carriers continued to be a key part of the Group’s Pan Asian growth strategy.
“We’ve seen that the proliferation of LCC services in mature markets like Australia, New Zealand and Singapore grows the market as a whole, so it’s exciting to bring this opportunity to developing LCC markets,” Ms Hrdlicka said.
“Low cost carriers grow the overall market by providing travel opportunities for first time fliers and more options for frequent air travellers, bringing great benefits to local economies.
“Jetstar will now be working with Matsuyama and Buon Ma Thuot to welcome new travellers not just from our domestic networks but also from the broader international Jetstar network.”
Jetstar Japan has carried over 900,000 passengers since its launch last July and has a fleet of 10 A320 aircraft. Jetstar Pacific now operates a fleet of five all-A320 aircraft after recently completing a fleet renewal program.
* Flights start from 11 June.
** Flights start from 26 March.
The Jetstar Group is one of Asia Pacific’s fastest growing airline brands with one of the most extensive ranges of destinations in the region. It is made up of Jetstar Airways (subsidiary of the Qantas Group) in Australia and New Zealand, Jetstar Asia in Singapore, Jetstar Pacific in Vietnam, and Jetstar Japan in Japan. Jetstar branded carriers operate up to 4,000 flights a week to more than 70 destinations across Asia Pacific. The Jetstar Group carried more than 29 million passengers in financial year 2015.