Jetstar Japan today announced a new international service to Shanghai as Japan’s largest low cost carrier further expands its international footprint, giving travellers a new low fares, direct option to mainland China.
From 23 January 2017, Jetstar Japan will launch four new direct return weekly flights between Tokyo and Shanghai, China’s most populous city. Tickets go on sale tomorrow.
The new route – which equates to 1,440 seats a week between Tokyo (Narita) and Shanghai – give travellers a new low-fares option to connect both cities, and help the airline take full advantage of the surging travel demand.
According to the Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO), China is now the largest source market for Japan, drawn by the country’s rich cultural heritage and beautiful landscapes. In September 2016 alone, visitor arrivals grew 6.3 per cent to 522,300. Tourism arrivals from China totaled 5.0072 million in the first nine months of 2016, exceeding the full-year arrival number of 4.99 million in 2015.
Jetstar Japan CEO Gerry Turner said the low cost carrier was expecting to see strong demand for these flights.
“We are now bringing Jetstar’s low fares and great service to customers travelling between China to Japan,” Mr Turner said.
“We will be welcoming our 21st aircraft in January 2017, with even more in the coming years and will be looking to grow the destinations we fly to internationally and across Japan.
“The launch of the Shanghai service demonstrates our determination to continue to expand our international network, maintaining our position as market leader and working towards our vision of making the world more accessible to all travellers.
“Shanghai is a major commercial and cultural centre with a wealth of attractions, both old and new, and our low fares will open up the city for an even greater number of Japanese travelers.
“The flights will operate from Narita Terminal 3, making connections with other Jetstar Japan flights simple and convenient,” Mr Turner added.
At the same time, Shanghai continues to be a top regional draw for Japanese tourists, who enjoy the extensive shopping options, dining treats and myriad of attractions sprinkled across one of the most vibrant cities in China. Shanghai is also the commercial capital of China. The launch of Jetstar Japan’s services is welcomed news for price-conscious business travelers.
It will be Jetstar Japan’s first service to mainland China. The airline currently operates popular services to Hong Kong and Taipei. This is also Jetstar Group’s first direct connection to Shanghai.
All flights will be operated by the carrier’s fleet of Airbus A320s.
Tickets will be available at Jetstar.com and ticketing offices nationwide.
To commemorate Jetstar Japan’s first services into mainland China, ticket sales for the new international services will commence tomorrow, 2 November 2016.