Narita hotels tap into new demand from early morning travelers

Aug 11, 2014

Narita hotels tap into new demand from early morning travelers

Hotels near Narita International Airport are seeing new business opportunities amid the increase in early morning flights operated by low-cost carriers. Three LCCs — Jetstar, Vanilla Air and Spring Airlines — operate their first flights of the day shortly after 6 a.m. Because catching ...

Mar 2, 2014

SDF pilot outplacement service to resume amid shortage

An outplacement service for Self-Defense Forces pilots will likely resume in fiscal 2014 to cope with the shortage of commercial airline pilots expected from the advent of low-cost carriers in the Asia-Pacific region, a government source said Sunday. Under the employment assistance system, which ...

Peach stepping up efforts to hire pilots

Feb 14, 2014

Peach stepping up efforts to hire pilots

by Kohei Chida

Budget carrier Peach Aviation is stepping up efforts to win the competition for pilots as scores of new carriers enter the aviation market. Peach, one of the low-cost carriers struggling in the increasingly competitive industry, says getting hold of pilots is one of the ...

Centrair eager to use idle ¥3 billion bus lounge

| Dec 27, 2013

Centrair eager to use idle ¥3 billion bus lounge

Five years after completing its bus lounge, Chubu Centrair International Airport will finally make the bus service available to the public starting from the Golden Week holidays next spring. The airport in Tokoname, Aichi Prefecture, built the facility to take international passengers to their ...

Kansai airport luring budget carriers

Dec 13, 2013

Kansai airport luring budget carriers

New Kansai International Airport Co. President Keiichi Ando says his firm is sounding out foreign low-cost carriers, including China’s Spring Airlines and Singapore Airlines’ Scoot, about flying out of Osaka. In a recent interview, Ando said the company is also thinking of recruiting Indonesian ...

ANA successor to AirAsia: Vanilla Air

Aug 20, 2013

ANA successor to AirAsia: Vanilla Air

After spending a month and a half sifting through 200 names for its new budget airline, ANA Holdings Inc. decided on the plainest one: Vanilla Air. “Vanilla is loved by everyone in the world,” Tomonori Ishii, president of the new airline based at Narita ...

LCCs revive female flight attendant aspirations

May 24, 2013

LCCs revive female flight attendant aspirations

by Yoshihiro Nakajima

Becoming a flight attendant is the dream of many young women, but the rigorous standards and high competition often thwart their plans. The expansion of low-cost carriers, however, is making it easier to pursue that dream because LCCs’ requirements for the job are lower ...