Jetstar Japan Offers More Connections to the Philippines

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Low Cost Carrier Jetstar Japan, an affiliate from the Jetstar Group -which belongs to Australian Qantas-, has chosen Manila as its sole destination in Southeast Asia for the time being. The carrier launched on March 15 its maiden flight from Tokyo to Manila and it has since been followed by new routes between Manila to Osaka and Nagoya. Both routes were opened in April.

Jetstar Japan is the only Japanese low-fare carrier operating a direct route from Manila to Nagoya, Jetstar Japan operates up to seven services a week between the Philippines capital and Japan’s third largest city. The airline is offering a capacity of over 30,000 seats per year with fares starting as low as US$100 per segment.

Chairman of Jetstar Japan, Mr Masaru Kataoka, who was in Manila recently, said that the new service has introduced the first-ever low-fares options to travellers on the Manila-Nagoya route. “Nagoya is home to the largest number of Filipinos in Japan and this service will be welcome news for family and friends of Filipinos who will now be able to travel and visit more often.

There are currently more than 220,000 Filipinos residing in Japan, forming the country’s third largest overseas community. Nagoya alone is home to some 30,000 Filipinos.

“We anticipate a boost to the tourism industry in both cities as the new service will attract new travellers to explore more of Nagoya and its rich cultural history like the castle town of Owari, Nagoya Castle, Atsuta Shinto Shrine and Tokugawa Art Museum, amongst other attractions.

Jetstar Japan is the only LCC that flies directly to Japan’s three major cities of Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya and carried close to 13 million passengers since its launch in 2012. Jetstar Japan currently operates up to 100 services a day and flies to 11 domestic destinations in Japan and three international destinations, including Manila.