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Jetstar to fly to Manila; Cathay route turns 50; More flights to PNG

Jetstar to fly to Manila

Jetstar Japan has announced the launch of new routes from Narita, Osaka and Nagoya to Manila, making Jetstar the nation’s first low-cost carrier to offer direct flights to the Philippine capital.

The airline will begin offering seven direct flights a week to Manila from March 15 from Narita airport and on April 1 from Chubu airport near Nagoya.

Service from Kansai International Airport in Osaka will start from April 7 with four direct flights a week, in addition to the the existing three weekly flights provided by the carier’s partner airline Jetstar Asia.

Manila will be the third international destination serviced by Jetstar Japan, which already flies to Hong Kong and Taipei.

With its latest flights to Manila, Jetstar Japan now operates more than 100 flights daily to 11 domestic destinations and three international destinations.

Cathay route turns 50

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the launch of its Nagoya route in March, Cathay Pacific will be serving Matsusaka beef in its business-class meals on flight CX533 from Nagoya to Hong Kong for the month of March.

Additionally, the airline has collaborated with major travel agencies to provide discount package tours to Hong Kong. These tours will go on sale in the first week of February.

The A5-grade Matsusaka beef comes from Ito Farm, in Tsu, Mie Prefecture. The farm has been raising beef cattle for over 60 years, spanning three generations, and its Matsusaka beef has been awarded a level of six on the beef marbling standard for its well-defined marbled beef.

Cathay Pacific now operates three flights daily between Nagoya and Hong Kong.

A ceremony commemorating the anniversary will take place at Chubu airport in Nagoya on March 22.

More flights to PNG

Air Niugini, the national airline of Papua New Guinea, plans to increase the number of flights from Narita airport to Port Moresby on July 6, adding Wednesday flights to the current Saturday flights.

The airline is hoping to reach its goal of offering three weekly flights by the year 2017.

According to Alconet, the general sales agent for Air Niugini, 60 percent of passengers departing from Japan are heading to Papua New Guinea, while 40 percent are transiting en route to Fiji, Cairns and Brisbane.

The airline hopes to increase the percentage of transit passengers with the new flights.

A meeting was held at the Papua New Guinea Embassy on Jan. 20, with 25 people in attendance, including representatives from various travel agencies, diplomats, and Air Niugini staff.

At the meeting, the ambassador gave a speech and discussions and a question and answer session followed. A reception was also held to allow guests to mingle and exchange information.

More information on the new flights is available at airniugini.com.pg.