Jul 2, 2015

U.S. probes whether airlines collude to keep airfares high

The U.S. Department of Justice said on Wednesday it is investigating whether U.S. airlines worked together illegally to keep airfares high by signaling plans to limit flights. The Justice Department wrote to major U.S. air carriers demanding that they detail decisions to limit the ...

Feb 24, 2015

Facing shortage of pilots, Japan plans to raise age limit to 67

The transport ministry plans to raise the age limit for airline pilots from 64 to 67 to address a shortage following increasing demand for flights and the growth of low-cost carriers, government sources said Tuesday. The Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Ministry is expected ...

Losing to Haneda, Narita airport charts a low-cost future

Feb 16, 2015

Losing to Haneda, Narita airport charts a low-cost future

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Faced with a drop in demand from global carriers, Narita International Airport is increasingly focusing on domestic flights, particularly those run by low-cost carriers. The shift is inevitable. In spring 2014, the government increased the slots available at Haneda airport in Tokyo, and airlines ...

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 ...

May 19, 2014

Peach nixes flights amid staff woes

Peach Aviation Ltd. began canceling flights Monday in a hiatus that will last through the fall because the budget airline failed to fill its cabin crew schedules this summer. Last month, it announced up to 2,088 cancellations from May 19 to Oct. 25, or ...

Jul 4, 2013

Complaints about low-cost carriers surging in Japan

The National Consumer Affairs Center called for caution by users of low-cost carriers Thursday following a sharp rise in complaints about their services, and it urged the airlines to make improvements. In the year that ended in March, the consumer body’s consultations related to ...

Jun 19, 2013

Fliers without credit cards refused food, water, blankets

Norwegian Air Shuttle, Europe’s third-largest budget airline, apologized Monday for refusing passengers food, water and even blankets on its recently launched long-haul flights to New York and Bangkok. A 16-year-old spent his Oslo to New York flight freezing since he only had cash and ...