Thursday, January 30, 2014

Skymark announces expansion at Ibaraki.

On January 28th, Skymark Airlines (BC/SKY) announced the expansion of operations at Ibaraki (IBR/RJAH), adding Fukuoka (FUK/RJFF) and Nagoya/Chubu Centrair (NGO/RJGG) to its network starting on April 18th.
Boeing 737-86N JA737M at Haneda. This aircraft will be retired in September. (Photo: Ryosuke Yano)

Ibaraki - Fukuoka new 2 daily with 73H/738.
BC831 IBR 1015 - 1215 FUK 73H/738 Daily
BC835 IBR 1515 - 1715 FUK 73H/738 Daily
BC832 FUK 1250 - 1435 IBR 73H/738 Daily
BC836 FUK 1750 - 1935 IBR 73H/738 Daily

Ibaraki - Chubu Centrair new 1 daily with 73H/738.
BC867 IBR 2010 - 2110 NGO 73H/738 Daily
BC862 NGO 0835 - 0940 IBR 73H/738 Daily

A 60-day-advance one-way fare for Ibaraki - Fukuoka is being offered from 7,700 JPY, and the Ibaraki - Chubu Centrair route from 5,800 JPY, including taxes and airport fees. Skymark currently operates to Sapporo/New Chitose (CTS/RJCC) and Kobe (UKB/RJBE) from Ibaraki, and also offers through-ticket fares to Okinawa/Naha (OKA/ROAH) and Yonago (YGJ/RJOH) via its Kobe hub.

With Chinese LCC Spring Airlines (9C/CQH) being the only other carrier serving Ibaraki, Skymark is the sole domestic airline at Japan's first LCC-dedicated airport, which was named the 'Low-cost Airport of the Year 2011' by Australian aviation think-tank Centre for Aviation (CAPA). Although a seductive 500-JPY bus service connects the airport with central Tokyo, almost 80 kilometers away, in about two hours, Skymark has found the airport convenient for those living in the northern part of Kanto, or the Greater Tokyo area, including the prefectures of Tochigi and Ibaraki.

Source: Skymark Airlines (PDF; in Japanese)

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