Peach Launches Int’l Flight Service

JIJI

Low-cost airline Peach Aviation launched its first international service Tuesday, connecting Osaka with Incheon in South Korea.

The first flight took off from Kansai International Airport in Osaka Prefecture shortly before 7 p.m.

One-way tickets for the flight are priced between ¥5,280 and ¥23,980. Although The Izumisano, Osaka Prefecture-based company will initially operate one round-trip a day, the number will increase to three in July.

“The airline aims to serve as a bridge between Asian countries as well as between Japanese cities,” Peach Chief Executive Officer Shinichi Inoue said. Peach is affiliated with All Nippon Airways.

Since its inception in March as Japan’s first budget airline, Peach has been serving routes linking Kansai airport and Shin-Chitose airport near Sapporo, and Fukuoka, Nagasaki and Kagoshima.

The company is scheduled to start flying between Kansai airport and Hong Kong on July 1 and serving Taipei on Sept. 30.

Tokyo-based AirAsia Japan, also an ANA affiliate, is set to launch flights between Narita International Airport and two South Korean cities in October.

Jetstar Japan, affiliated with Japan Airlines, plans to launch flights linking Japan with China and South Korea in 2013.