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Business License Issued to AirAsia Japan - Service at Narita Hub to Commence in Aug.

Business License Issued to AirAsia Japan - Service at Narita Hub to Commence in Aug.

Boarding of an AirAsia group flight.

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On February 2, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) issued a license to Minato Ward, Tokyo-based AirAsia Japan Co., Ltd., a low-cost carrier (LCC) financed by All Nippon Airways, Co., Ltd. (ANA) and AirAsia Berhad, to operate an air transport business.

The new carrier announced plans to make its hub at Narita International Airport, where it will begin operating ten Airbus A320 aircraft to start flying on three domestic routes in August, along with two international routes in October. After receiving the business license, AirAsia Japan will be moving full-steam ahead to prepare staff and aircraft for service.

The routes will connect Narita with New Chitose, Fukuoka, Naha, Seoul Incheon and Busan. AirAsia Japan has already stated that it intends to offer discount air fares that cost half or one-third the price of comparable rates charged by major carriers.

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