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Monday, 9th September 2013
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Japan airline venture with China has May 2014 start date

A budget airline venture between Japan and China is set to officially launch in May 2014.

This is according to China's Spring Airlines company, which is hoping to connect passengers from China to smaller cities in Japan and widen access to the Japanese market. 

Despite being able to operate services between Shanghai and cities including Saga, Takamatsu and Ibaraki, it is still struggling to secure rights to fly to Tokyo.

This is because of the level of competition it faces with larger and more established firms, such as China Eastern Airlines.

A spokesperson from Spring Airlines said: "Our application is now being processed by Japan's Transport Ministry, and we hope to receive the necessary approvals soon," but he failed to indicate how long this would take.

Spring Air Japan will be 33 per cent-owned by its Shanghai counterpart and is planning to operate twice-daily services from Narita Airport in Tokyo to Saga, Hiroshima and Takamatsu from next May.

This comes at a time when tensions are running high between the two nations, with territorial disagreements having a negative impact on business and leisure travel.

Written by Susan Ballion

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