New Service to Chubu Int’l by Skymark - New Routes Include First to Haneda in 29 Years

New Service to Chubu Int’l by Skymark - New Routes Include First to Haneda in 29 Years

Skymark flies into Centrair.

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On September 6, Ohta Ward, Tokyo-based Skymark Airlines Inc announced that it will begin operating out of Chubu International Airport in Tokoname, Aichi Prefecture in February 2011 and establish three new routes to Haneda, New Chitose and Ibaraki.

Skymark will operate the first regular commercial flights from the Nagoya metropolitan area to Haneda Airport since All Nippon Airways (ANA) abandoned its service in 1982 due to reasons including competition with the Tokaido Shinkansen bullet train. Skymark is expecting to fly one daily round-trip flight on the new route that will depart and arrive after 11 p.m., after the last Shinkansen trains depart from Nagoya and Tokyo Stations.

The carrier is currently operating routes in the late-night and early morning hours such as Haneda-Naha and Haneda-Kitakyushu to connect 24-hour airports. Skymark is also envisaging that the Chubu-Haneda route will be used for connections out of Haneda after commercial international flights begin serving the Tokyo-area airport in October. By operating flights in the late-night and early morning hours and using its aircraft efficiently, the airline is hoping to create a new market.

Skymark plans to operate two daily round-trip flights on the Chubu-New Chitose route and one on the Ibaraki route. “There are airports where planes can land and take off 24 hours a day and an important point when considering expanding our business in the future is expectations for creating new demand,” commented a Skymark spokesperson regarding the new service at Chubu International Airport. Details including schedules and fares on the three new routes will be decided following approval from the relevant government agencies.