Nation’s first LCC air terminal opens at Naha

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All Nippon Airways Co. on Thursday opened a terminal at Naha Airport in Okinawa dedicated to budget airlines, the first facility of its kind to begin operations in Japan.

Peach Aviation Ltd. and AirAsia Japan Co., both partially owned by ANA, will both use the new terminal, which was built by renovating part of a transit shed rented by the major carrier.

Peach Aviation operates two daily round-trip flights connecting Naha and Kansai airport, while AirAsia Japan flies one daily round-trip flight between Naha and Narita airport, ANA said.

Similar projects are in the pipeline at other airports.

Kansai International Airport in Osaka Prefecture plans to build another terminal for low-cost carriers by 2015 to attract more foreign budget airlines. The airport is scheduled to open a passenger terminal exclusively for LCCs Oct. 28, though it will mainly accommodate Peach Aviation, according to an official at the facility’s operator.

The official said it will take two to three years before the terminal specifically dedicated to overseas LCCs begins operating.

Lower fees will be charged to LCC passengers since the second terminal will have simpler interior equipment installed to cut construction costs, the official added.

KLM starts Fukuoka route

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KLM Royal Dutch Airlines said Thursday it will inaugurate three direct round-trip flights a week linking Fukuoka and Amsterdam on April 4, the first route to directly link Fukuoka and Europe.

KLM is hoping to cash in on passenger demand from Kyushu’s seven prefectures after Kyushu Railway Co. linked Fukuoka, the northernmost prefecture, with Kagoshima, the southernmost, via shinkansen service last year.

The Fukuoka Prefectural Government had asked the airline to introduce the new service.

The 12-hour flights, which will be operated with Boeing 777-200ER aircraft, will depart from Fukuoka on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays, with flights from Amsterdam departing Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.

JAL to hike surcharges

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Japan Airlines Corp. will hike fuel surcharges on international flights by ¥500 to ¥5,000 for one-way tickets to be issued in December and January due to a spike in the price of jet fuel.

Surcharges will rise by ¥500 to ¥2,500 for South Korea-bound flights and by ¥1,000 to ¥6,500 for flights to China, Taiwan and Hong Kong. Those for flights to North America, Europe, the Middle East and Oceania will go up by ¥5,000 to ¥26,000, JAL said Wednesday.