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Jetstar to intensify aviation battle - The Daily Yomiuri
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With Jetstar Japan launching services this summer, competition among it and the nation's two other low-cost carriers and major airlines is likely to be intense.
Jetstar Japan, backed by Japan Airlines and Qantas Airways, announced Tuesday six routes and corresponding fares for flights out of Narita and other airports, which will begin in July and August.
At a press conference in Tokyo, Jetstar Group Chief Executive Officer Bruce Buchanan declared that the new budget carrier's low fares would start a revolution.
Jetstar Japan will operate four flights using Narita Airport as its hub, and two flights originating at Kansai Airport. One-way fares from Narita to New Chitose Airport near Sapporo will range from 4,590 yen to 16,990 yen, while those between Narita and Fukuoka airports will sell for 5,590 yen to 18,990 yen. Both flights are set to go into service on July 3.
Soon after, on July 9, Jetstar will start flights from Narita to Naha and Kansai airports with one-way fares priced from 6,990 yen to 22,990 yen and 3,990 yen to 15,990 yen, respectively.
Jetstar Japan will face competition from two other domestic low-cost carriers: Peach Aviation and AirAsia Japan. Both carriers are backed by All Nippon Airways and other airlines. To avoid competing with each other, Peach, which began operations on March 1, uses Kansai Airport as its hub and AirAsia Japan, which will start services in August, will mainly use Narita.
Among its six planned domestic flights, Jetstar will compete with the two budget carriers on five routes. The Narita-Kansai route will be exclusive to the company. Jetstar decided to launch these services