Jetstar Japan Plans Two Bases in Budget-Carrier Push

Jetstar Japan Plans at Least Four Bases in Budget-Carrier Push
Miyuki Suzuki, chief executive officer of Jetstar Japan Co., left, and Bruce Buchanan, chief executive officer of Jetstar Airways, right, pose with actress Becky for a photograph during a news conference in Tokyo. Photographer: Kiyoshi Ota/Bloomberg

Jetstar Japan Co., the budget carrier backed by Qantas Airways Ltd. and Japan Airlines Co., said it plans to operate two bases in the country as it prepares to start flights on July 3.

The carrier’s initial hub in Tokyo’s Narita Airport will “soon” be followed by one in Osaka, Chief Executive Officer Miyuki Suzuki told reporters in Tokyo today. Destinations from Osaka’s Kansai airport will include Sapporo and Fukuoka, she said.

Jetstar Japan also said it will sell 10,000 tickets for 1 yen (1 cent) each as it competes with two other budget carriers starting flights in the country this year. The airline has said budget carriers may about triple their share of Japanese air travel to 35 percent by 2020.

The new carrier will compete with two new budget airlines backed by All Nippon Airways Co. -- Peach Aviation Ltd. and AirAsia Japan Co. -- and Skymark Airlines Inc., the biggest existing low-fare airline.

Mitsubishi Corp. and Century Tokyo Leasing Corp. also own stakes in Jetstar Japan.

(Corrects number of bases in headline and first paragraph, as well as Sapporo and Fukuoka plans in second paragraph. The story was published on April 17.)
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