Jetstar Japan has announced it will start flying to Oita, Nagoya and Kagoshima as the airline ramps up its domestic network over the next few months.
The new services, adding up to 25,000 seats per week, will commence with twice daily return services on Tokyo-Oita, Fukuoka- Nagoya and Sapporo-Nagoya routes from 31 March with return flights to Kagoshima from Tokyo and Nagoya starting on 31 May.
Since launching in July 2012, Jetstar Japan has carried more than 600,000 passengers across its existing network which includes Tokyo, Osaka, Okinawa, Fukuoka and Sapporo.
Jetstar Group CEO Jayne Hrdlicka said that the new destinations were added in response to strong customer demand.
“The popularity of our low fares in the first six months of flying highlights just how much Japanese travellers have embraced low cost flying,” Ms Hrdlicka said.
“Our new services to Oita, Nagoya and Kagoshima will help stimulate demand by making air travel more accessible to more passengers in these areas and also encourage tourists to visit the regions.”
In addition to offering services into new destinations, Jetstar Japan will also operate another three return trips between Tokyo and Sapporo.
Jetstar has been flying to Japan from Australia since 2007 and operates daily services to Tokyo from Cairns and the Gold Coast.
“These new destinations give Australian travellers an even greater opportunity to explore more of Japan with Jetstar,” Ms Hrdlicka added.
To support the increased flying schedule, the airline is taking delivery of two A-320s in February. Jetstar Japan currently has a fleet of seven A320s and is planning to grow to 24 aircraft in the next few years.
All of Jetstar Japan’s aircraft have been sourced through the Qantas Group’s existing fleet orders allowing the low fares carrier to access competitive pricing and early delivery slots.
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 4,200 flights a week to more than 75 destinations. The Jetstar Group carried more than 34 million passengers in financial year 2016.