Saturday, April 19, 2014

Skymark adds Fukuoka and Nagoya from Ibaraki.

On April 18th, Skymark Airlines (BC/SKY) expanded operations at its Ibaraki (IBR/RJAH) focus city, located 80 kilometers northeast of central Tokyo, by launching twice-daily service to Fukuoka (FUK/RJFF) and once-daily to Nagoya/Chubu Centrair (NGO/RJGG). Both routes are operated by 177-seat Boeing 737-800s.
Boeing 737-8Q8(WL) JA737T takes off from Haneda on a cloudy afternoon. (Photo: Ryosuke Yano)

Skymark's Ibaraki operations:
Ibaraki – Fukuoka NEW 2 daily with 73H/738.
BC831 IBR 1015 – 1215 FUK 73H/738 Daily *NEW.
BC835 IBR 1515 – 1715 FUK 73H/738 Daily *NEW.
BC832 FUK 1250 – 1435 IBR 73H/738 Daily *NEW.
BC836 FUK 1750 – 1935 IBR 73H/738 Daily *NEW.

Ibaraki – Kobe (UKB/RJBE) 2 daily with 73H/738.
BC183 IBR 1230 – 1350 UKB 73H/738 Daily
BC187 IBR 1655 – 1815 UKB 73H/738 Daily
BC182 UKB 1040 – 1155 IBR 73H/738 Daily
BC186 UKB 1505 – 1620 IBR 73H/738 Daily

Ibaraki – Nagoya/Chubu Centrair NEW 1 daily with 73H/738.
BC867 IBR 2010 – 2110 NGO 73H/738 Daily *NEW.
BC862 NGO 0835 – 0940 IBR 73H/738 Daily *NEW.

Ibaraki – Sapporo/New Chitose (CTS/RJCC) 2 daily with 73H/738.
BC791 IBR 1115 – 1240 CTS 73H/738 Daily
BC795 IBR 1900 – 2025 CTS 73H/738 Daily
BC790 CTS 0910 – 1035 IBR 73H/738 Daily
BC794 CTS 1650 – 1815 IBR 73H/738 Daily

"We want our people to love the service so that it can be sustained," Yachie Yamaguchi, Deputy Governor of Ibaraki prefecture said at the inauguration ceremony, adding "We want to promote Ibaraki's splendors and increase in-bound passengers as the third airport (after Haneda and Narita) serving the Greater Tokyo (Kanto) region." From Ibaraki, Skymark already serves New Chitose, serving Sapporo, and Kobe, serving the Greater Osaka (Kansai) region, while through-fares are offered to Okinawa/Naha (OKA/ROAH) and Yonago (YGJ/RJOH) via their 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). Skymark has found the airport convenient for those living in northern Greater Tokyo (Kanto), including the prefectures of Tochigi and Ibaraki. A two-hour but 500-JPY bus ride connects the airport with Tokyo Station as well. AirAsia Group is considering Ibaraki as one of its focus cities for its new Japanese venture (AirAsia plans return to Japan in 2015.) and officials made a visit on April 10th.

Source: Ibaraki Shimbun, April 19th. (in Japanese)

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