AirAsia Japan, the Japanese affiliate of Malaysia-based low-cost carrier AirAsia, is back in business with the maiden service from its main hub in Nagoya to Sapporo – the capital of Hokkaido prefecture in the north of the country.
The twice-daily service will commence on October 29.
To celebrate the occasion, AirAsia is offering guests a special promotional fare from only 5 yen (Bt1.50) for bookings made from October 17 to October 20 for travel between October 29 and March 24 next year.
AirAsia Group chief executive officer Tony Fernandes said on Monday: “It’s great to be back in Japan. It hasn’t been easy, and I want to thank my partners Rakuten, Octave, Noevir and Alpen for their support and patience.
“Many people thought we would give up and not bother, but we owe it to the people of Japan and our staff to keep going. This took a long time but, like good wine, all good things take time and we are off the taxiway and ready to take off.”
AirAsia Japan CEO Osamu Hata added: “It is a great pleasure to announce AirAsia Japan’s first route from Nagoya to Sapporo is open for sale. We are honoured to be the first airline to be based in Nagoya’s Chubu Centrair International Airport, and we are committed to connecting as many guests as possible at low fares to AirAsia’s extensive network, as well as bridging communities and cultures for the benefit of the local economy.”
AirAsia Japan is a joint venture between AirAsia, Rakuten, Octave Japan Infrastructure Fund I GK, Noevir Holdings and Alpen.
The airline operates two A320-200 aircraft from its hub at Chubu Centrair International Airport.