With low-cost air carriers on the rise, travel agencies have begun using them to offer cut-price package tours.
In early June, JTB Corp., the nation’s top travel agency, began marketing package tours based on flights handled by Japan Airlines-affiliate Jetstar Japan, which will start operations Tuesday.
Prices start from ¥24,500 for a three-day tour to Okinawa Prefecture using flights between Narita and Naha airports.
Two-day trips to Sapporo, via Narita and New Chitose airports, start from ¥16,300.
The prices of both tours are 30 to 50 percent lower than normal and are selling better than expected, JTB said.
In mid-June H.I.S. Co. launched a package tour to its affiliated amusement park, Huis Ten Bosch, using Peach Aviation, partly owned by All Nippon Airways. The tour to the park in Sasebo, Nagasaki Prefecture, uses Peach flights between Kansai International Airport and Nagasaki airport.