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Airline Offers Rent and Unlimited Flights for Remote Workers

Japan’s Star Flyer is trying to draw remote workers in Tokyo with airfare-plus-rent subscriptions.

A Star Flyer aircraft takes off at Haneda Airport in Tokyo.
A Star Flyer aircraft takes off at Haneda Airport in Tokyo.Photographer: Noriko Hayashi/Bloomberg

A Japanese domestic airline is seeking to fill empty seats by offering subscriptions to Tokyo-based workers that will let them move to a city nearly 900 kilometers (550 miles) away, and commute back-and-forth to the capital by air as many times as they want.

Star Flyer Inc. plans to roll out a monthly subscription service in spring that includes rented accommodation in and around the southern city of Fukuoka on the island of Kyushu, on top of unlimited flights between Kitakyushu — a city near Fukuoka where the carrier is based — and Tokyo’s Haneda Airport, spokesperson Yuki Furuse said.