Jetstar: Cheap Flights to and from Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya,Japan?

Jetstar Japan Co., Ltd.  is a low-fareJapanese airline based in Tokyo. Initially planned to commence flights in late 2012 it launched ahead of schedule on 3rd of July 2012 The airline serves twelve destinations, 11 domestic and 1 international, using a fleet of 20 Airbus A320 aircraft.

The airline plans to expand its initial fleet of Airbus A320 aircraft to a total of 24 within the first few years of operation. Jetstar Japan competes against Peach Aviation and Vanilla Air in the domestic low-cost marke]

The head office of Jetstar Japan is in Narita, Chiba. It is owned by Qantas (33.3%), Japan Airlines (33.3%), Mitsubishi Corporation (16.7%), and Century Tokyo Leasing Corporation (16.7%)Total capitalisation committed to the new airline is up to ¥12 billion.

On 6 April 2012 the airline was granted an Air operator’s certificate by the Japanese MLIT, in preparation for the launch of services in July 2012.

Jetstar Japan announced that it would commence operations on 3 July 2012 using Narita Airport as a hub.  The first route to be served was between Tokyo and Fukuoka, while services between Tokyo and Sapporo, Okinawa, and Osaka began on 9 July 2012, with services from Osaka to Fukuoka and Sapporo shortly after on 24 August 2012.[18]

The airline also announced that it would establish Kansai International Airport in Osaka as a second hub, and started service from Osaka to Okinawa on 28 October 2012. The Kansai hub was originally planned to open on 18 July 2013, but the opening has been postponed due to issues in improving maintenance procedures following a warning from the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport. CEO Miyuki Suzuki (鈴木 みゆき Suzuki Miyuki) told the Nihon Keizai Shimbun in July 2013 that Jetstar Japan was focused on the domestic market from Narita for the foreseeable future, and would try to optimize its schedule for connecting traffic to and from Jetstar international flight.  Suzuki stated in August 2013 that Jetstar Japan hoped to decide the timing of the Kansai hub opening within 2014.

While waiting for approval of the Osaka base, Jetstar Japan opened a number of additional domestic routes from both Tokyo Narita Airport and Nagoya Chubu Airport. On March 31, 2013 Jetstar launched service from Tokyo Narita Airport to Oita and Kagoshima while, on the same day, also adding 3 routes from Nagoya Chubu Airport with service between Nagoya and FukuokaSapporo and Kagoshima also started. On the same day as the Nagoya to Kagoshima service commenced, (May 31, 2013), Jetstar Japan also added daily service to Tokyo Narita Airport while on June 11, 2013 Matsuyama became Jetstar Japan’s ninth destination with service connecting the city to Tokyo Narita Airportcommenced. On December 10, 2013 Jetstar Japan launched twice daily service between Tokyo Narita Airport and Takamatsu.

The Osaka base was opened in June 2014 with frequencies increased on existing routes to FukuokaSapporoOkinawa and Tokyo. No new routes were added to the base at that time however Jetstar Japan announced on 16 July 2014 the addition of daily service to Oita from 9 October 2014 and announced further expansion on 20 August 2014 with the addition of twice daily Kumamoto service from 26 October 2014. Twice daily service to Kumamoto will also commence from both Nagoya Chubu and Tokyo Narita International Airport on the same date.

At the same time as the Kansai International Airport base was opened in June 2014, CEO Miyuki Suzuki confirmed that deliveries of the airlines remaining A320’s on order would be slowed down and spread throughout the next fiscal year. She also stated Jetstar Japan plans to commence International operations in Winter 2014/15 with initial destinations within a 4 to 5 hour redius of Tokyo Narita Airport.

Unlike the two low-cost carriers affiliated with All Nippon Airways, Jetstar Japan has codesharing and frequent flyer mileage partnerships with its parent, Japan Airlines. Jetstar Japan has connecting traffic to and from Jetstar international flights, and JAL international passengers can also connect on Jetstar flights.

From October 2014, Jetstar Japan also entered into a codeshare arrangement with American Airlines which will see American place their AA code on Jetstar Japan flights from Tokyo Narita International Airport to Fukuoka, Matsuyama, Okinawa, Osaka and Sapporo.[

From mid January 2015, Qantas has announced that it will enter into a codeshare arrangement with Jetstar Japan which will see Qantas place its QF code on Jetstar Japan flights from Tokyo Narita International Airport to Sapporo, Fukuoka, Oita, Okinawa, Osaka, Takamatsu, Matsuyama, Kumamoto and Kagoshima.

On 3 December 2014 Jetstar Japan announced the long delayed commencement of International service with its first service to connect Kansai International Airport with Hong Kong International Airport. Initially the service will operate 3 times per week with additional frequencies being added over time. On 16 March 2015 it was announced that services to Hong Kong would increase with the route operating 5 weekly from 18 July 2015 to 31 August 2015 and 4 weekly from 1 September 2015 to 24 October 2015.

On 21 January 2015 Jetstar Japan announced a new daily service between Nagoya Chubu and Okinawa Naha Airport would commence from 29 March 2015. However overall services from Nagoya Chubu will remain the same with this new service replacing one of the 2 daily Kumamoto services. This reduces total daily departures from Kumamoto from 6 to 5.

On April 1, 2015 it was announced that CEO Miyuki Suzuki had decided to resign with Jetstar Group Executive Gerry Turner to take her place as CEO. Masaru Kataoka was also to take up the role of Chairman.

On April 7, 2015 Jetstar Japan announced the first international service from Tokyo with the commencement of service between Tokyo Narita International Airport and Hong Kong International Airport with an initial 3 weekly flights commencing from June 1, 2015 building to daily service from September 1.

On August 19, 2015 It was announced that services between Nagoya Chubu and Kumamoto along with the daily service between Kansai International Airport and Oita would be discontinued from October 25, 2015 which is the beginning of the Winter timetable.

While rumours had persisted for some time beforehand, it was finally announced on October 13, 2015 that service to Taipei would commence from Tokyo Narita AirportKansai International Airport and Nagoya Chubu. Initially services will be 3 times per week however before the end of 2015 all 3 cities will see daily service to Taipei.

In the first major announcements of 2016, on January 15 it was announced that services between Kansai International Airport and Kumamoto would be discontinued from March 27th, 2016 which is the beginning of the Summer timetable while on January 21st it was announced that new service linking Tokyo Narita International Airport, Osaka Kansai International Airport and Nagoya Chubu Airports with Manila Ninoy Aquino International Airport would be inaugurated from mid March. Manila becomes the third International destination for Jetstar Japan while the airline is also the first Japanese LCC to serve Manila.

  • First Japanese low cost carrier to operate direct services from three Japanese ports to Manila
  • Travellers from Japan will now have up to seven services a week to fly to Manila
  • 2,000 seats available at a special sale of JPY990

Jetstar Japan, Japan’s largest low cost carrier, today announced that it would bring its low fares services from Narita, Osaka and Nagoya to Manila, the bustling capital city in the Philippines.

Fares on up to up to 18 flights between Japan and Manila have gone on sale.

From mid-March, the new routes from Narita Airport in Tokyo and Chubu Airport in Nagoya to Manila will offer customers the choice of up to seven direct services a week from 15 March and 1 April respectively.

From 7 April, Jetstar Japan will introduce three new weekly services from Osaka – complimenting the existing four weekly services schedule currently provided by sister airline, Jetstar Asia.

This is welcome news to Japanese customers in Tokyo, Nagoya and Osaka as Manila is a popular year-round destination with its wide selection of shopping, leisure activities as well as vibrant arts, entertainment and gaming.

The flights are expected to meet demand from Japanese travellers, and Filipino expatriates residing in Japan as well as Filipino holiday-makers or visiting family members who now have a low fares travel option to Japan.

The new services will not only add greater convenience to customers in Japan but the routes will also offer all travellers from Japan, the opportunity to connect to the Jetstar Group’s broader network in Southeast Asia and beyond.

To kick off the launch of the services, Jetstar Japan will make available 2,000 seats at a special sale fare of JPY990 from the three destinations to Manila from 4pm today.

The city of Manila will be the third international destination added to Jetstar Japan’s growing network of international destinations after Hong Kong and Taipei in 2015.

The new services will be operated on Jetstar Japan’s 180-seat Airbus A320.

With the addition of services to Manila, Jetstar Japan now operates more than 100 services daily and flies to 17 domestic destinations in Japan and three international destinations.

Sale Information:

Fares are one-way economy Starter fares with 7kg carry-on baggage only. Airport charges, other taxes will be chargeable and a payment handling charge of JPY650 will be imposed for one person and one way. Conditions will apply. Flight schedule and fare are subject to regulatory approval.

Lead in fares from Narita start from JPY9000; Osaka from JPY8500; and Nagoya from JPY9000 and will be available from 13:00 on 19 January.

Below is an image of destinations that this airline caters as of today and many more.


source: google, wikipedia, Jetstar

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