NARITA, CHIBA PREF. – Low-cost carrier Vanilla Air opened Tuesday a route between Narita International Airport and Amami Oshima Island in Kagoshima Prefecture.
The Narita, Chiba Prefecture-based unit of ANA Holdings Inc. also normalized its flight services the same day after a month of flight cancellations caused by pilot shortages.
Prior to the departure of the first flight to Amami Oshima, a ceremony to commemorate the launch of the new route was held at Narita airport. Kagoshima Gov. Yuichiro Ito and Chiba Gov. Kensaku Morita attended the ceremony.
Vanilla Air offers one round trip per day on the route. A one-way ticket starts at ¥8,000.
Previously, the only regular flights linking Tokyo with Amami Oshima were offered by Japan Airlines from Tokyo International Airport at Haneda.
Local authorities welcomed the new route and plan to support it with subsidies.
Vanilla Air secured a sufficient number of pilots after 154 flight cancellations over the past month. The company now offers 13 round trips per day, including the Amami Oshima route.