China’s Spring Airlines plans Japanese expansion

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Spring Airlines was China's first LCC
Spring Airlines was China’s first LCC

Chinese low-cost carrier Spring Airlines is planning to significantly increase its operations in Japan.

The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) revealed this week that Shanghai-based Spring has applied for permission to launch new scheduled services from Dalian and Tianjin to Osaka. These new services will be operated three and four times a week respectively, using an Airbus A320 aircraft. They will complement Spring’s existing daily service between Shanghai and Osaka.

China’s first LCC, Spring launched flights to Japan in 2010 and now serves four destinations in the country – Ibaraki, Takamatsu, Saga and Osaka.

In a recent interview with Japan’s Nikkei newspaper, Spring’s president Wang Zhenghua said he also plans to add flights to Tokyo and Nagoya next year, and expects to connect 20 Chinese cities with Japan over the next five years. By then, according to Wang, Japanese routes will account for 25% of the airline’s total operating revenue, up from 3-4% at present.

Spring is also planning to launch a new low-cost carrier in Japan. Spring Airlines Japan is expected to take to the skies on 27 June 2014, initially connecting Tokyo Narita Airport with Takamatsu, Saga and Hiroshima.
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