Japan to get third low-cost airline – Jetstar Japan

Japan Airlines, Qantas and Mitsubishi are to launch a new budget airline in Japan, the companies announced August 16.

The latest in a string of new low-cost carriers which are transforming Japanese and Asian aviation, Jetstar Japan will take off towards the end of 2012, initially focusing on domestic services.

With routes between Tokyo Narita and Osaka Kansai and other potential destinations expected to include Sapporo, Fukuoka, and Okinawa, the airline could present yet another challenge to Japan’s high-speed rail network.

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