Thursday, May 22, 2014

Jetstar Japan delays Kansai hub, cancels 101 flights.

On May 21st, Jetstar Japan (GK/JJP) announced the delay of their long-awaited (and too-many-times-delayed) Osaka/Kansai (KIX/RJBB) hub launch from June 3rd (Jetstar Japan to launch Kansai hub from June.) to June 12th. As a result, 101 flights, or 14% of their operations, are being canceled during that period.
Airbus A320-232 JA10JJ at Toulouse prior to delivery. (Photo: Airbus)

The Tokyo/Narita (NRT/RJAA)-based LCC reports coordination with maintenance contractor JAL Engineering (JALEC), a subsidiary of Japan Airlines (JL/JAL), taking more time as the primary reason for the postponement. Shortages of pilots, which have caused massive travel disruptions at competitors Peach Aviation (MM/APJ) (Peach outlines Summer 2014 mass cancellations.) and Vanilla Air (JW/VNL) (Vanilla Air cancels 154 flights in June due to pilot shortage.), are not an issue with Jetstar Japan, the company says.

Affected routes from Narita are Fukuoka (FUK/RJFF), Okinawa/Naha (OKA/ROAH), and Kansai, while from Kansai, Fukuoka and Naha see cancellations. Jetstar Japan is offering re-accommodation on their other flights as well as full refunds at no charge, and a 2,000 JPY voucher for use with their buy-on-board program is also being given out.

Source: Jetstar Japan, May 21st. (in Japanese)
Source: Aviation Wire, May 21st. (in Japanese)

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