Japan has to make way for low-cost carriers

Posted: April 18, 2012 in Airlines, Aviation & Airports (General News), Japan
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Low-cost carriers will likely occupy a prominent place in Japan’s aviation industry from now on as major airlines enter the LCC market.

There are nearly 100 airports in Japan, but many of them are suffering from a low utilization rates

There are nearly 100 airports in Japan, but many of them are suffering from a low utilization rates

Peach Aviation, in which All Nippon Airways has invested, started domestic flights in March and will begin international flights in May to and from Kansai airport. Jetstar Japan, which is affiliated with Japan Airlines, will launch domestic flights in July and international flights next year using Narita airport as its base. AirAsia Japan, linked to ANA, will start domestic flights in August and international flights in October, and will also be based in Narita.

There are nearly 100 airports in Japan, but many of them are suffering from a low utilization rates. The government hopes to introduce the private sector’s capital and management knowhow to revitalize these airports. It also should consider inviting LCCs to utilize these airports. Local governments and businesses near airports should make greater efforts to attract tourists.

To make their air fares cheaper — about half that of major airlines — LCCs feature more seats on their planes than full-service airlines and have minimalist in-flight services. LCC users should be aware of the chance of possible instability in LCC flight operations due to their use of a relatively small number of airliners. For their part, LCCs must do their utmost to ensure flight safety.

In Europe and North America, LCCs enjoy a market share of about 30 percent. They attract young people who can’t afford high ticket prices as well as members of the rising middle class from the emerging Asian economies.

Read this full editoial from The Japan Times Online….


Wednesday April 18th, 2012
Japan Times Editorial


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