FDA to Serve Nagoya Airport - Taking Over Fukuoka Route to be Abandoned by JAL

On July 16, Makinohara, Shizuoka Prefecture-based Fuji Dream Airlines (FDA) announced that it will fly a new route connecting Nagoya Airport (a prefecture managed facility also known as Komaki Airport) in Komaki, Aichi Prefecture and Fukuoka Airport starting at the end of October.

Japan Airlines (JAL) currently flies five daily roundtrip flights on the route, but the carrier will terminate all service to Komaki as of this fall. FDA will take over the routes suspended by JAL and plans to use its fourth and fifth planes, an Embraer ERJ 170 and 175 (capacity 76/84 passengers), which will be acquired in October. Flight schedules have yet to be arranged, but FDA has already stated that it expects to operate two daily roundtrip flights.

FDA has already taken over other routes given up by JAL: Komaki-Fukuoka and Komaki-New Chitose last April, as well as Shinshu Matsumoto (in Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture)-Fukuoka and Shinshu Matsumoto-New Chitose.