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Wednesday, 5th June 2013
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Jetstar Japan sets sights on international flights

Budget airline Jetstar Japan is set to fly international routes as soon as a year's time.

Jetstar, which was launched in July 2012 and is part owned by Japan Airlines, is not yet profitable, but it is hoped flights to Taiwan, Korea and China could reverse its fortunes.

Masaru Onishi, chairman of Japan Airlines, said: "Right now they are in a situation of learning how to know the Japanese market - still they are having some difficulties. Maybe they can make a good performance in international short haul."

Mr Onishi suggested that the airline has been able to encourage customers to fly with them during peak travelling periods, although during low season he said it was "difficult to get passengers by the web or direct sales".

Jetstar Japan, which is also part owned by Quantas, is up against some tough competition as there were three budget airlines launched in the east Asian island in 2012.

Peach Aviation already takes passengers on international flights, as does low cost carrier AirAsia Japan.

Written by  Graham McPherson