Friday, April 25, 2014

Skymark loads seasonal Sendai - Okinawa service.

On April 23rd, Skymark Airlines (BC/SKY) announced adjustments to their Summer 2014 schedule, including a new seasonal once-daily service between Sendai (SDJ/RJSS) and Okinawa/Naha (OKA/ROAH) to be operated from August 9th through September 15th. Flights to the largest Ryukyu city will also be increased from Tokyo/Haneda (HND/RJTT) and Nagoya/Chubu Centrair (NGO/RJGG) during this period.
Boeing 737-86N(WL) JA73NT moments before rotation at Haneda. (Photo: Ryosuke Yano)

New routes:
Sendai – Naha NEW 1 daily with 73H/738.
BC583 SDJ 0910 – 1205 OKA 73H/738 Daily *Aug/9 – Sep/15.
BC586 OKA 1820 – 2100 SDJ 73H/738 Daily *Aug/9 – Sep/15.

Frequency increases:
Chubu Centrair – Naha from 2 to up to 4. *Aug/9 – Sep/15. (3 during Jul/18 – Aug/30)
Naha – Miyako (MMY/ROMY) from 2 to 3. *Aug/9 – Sep/15.
Haneda – Naha from 6 to up to 7. *Aug/9 – Sep/15.

In addition, Skymark will also offer a second daily through-fare between Ibaraki (IBR/RJAH) and Naha via Kobe (UKB/RJBE). All of these services will be operated by 177-seat Boeing 737-800s. Abundant with coral reefs and beautiful beaches, Okinawa is a favorite summer vacation destination for the Japanese.

While their 36 prized slots at heavily-regulated Haneda generate roughly 80% of their revenue, Japan's third largest carrier continues to expand at its mini-hub at Kobe and focus cities of Ibaraki (Skymark adds Fukuoka and Nagoya from Ibaraki.), Sendai, and Yonago (YGJ/RJOH) (Skymark expands Yonago, axes Asahikawa and Kumamoto.).

Source: Skymark Airlines, April 23rd. (PDF; in Japanese)

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