China LCC seeks OK to fly to Japan

JIJI

Chinese low-cost carrier Juneyao Airlines has sought approval from China’s aviation authorities to start flights between Shanghai and the cities of Fukuoka and Osaka.

Juneyao already has permission from the Civil Aviation Administration of China to carry passengers on a route linking Shanghai and Naha, Okinawa.

The airline had initially planned to launch services on the Naha route, which is its first Japanese route, in September 2012 but has postponed it indefinitely due to bleak customer prospects amid deteriorating relations between Japan and China.

According to the administration’s website, Juneyao hopes to launch its Fukuoka service in January and the Osaka route, using Kansai International Airport, in February.