Jetstar Asia applies for Tokyo Narita rights

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Jetstar Asia has applied to fly on the Singapore-Tokyo Narita route, and hopes to begin services within this year.

"We applied a few weeks ago," says Chong Phit Lian, CEO of Jetstar Asia. "We have a strong brand in Japan through the success of Jetstar's Australian services, and we hope that will pave the way for us."

She adds that the carrier could begin daily services to Tokyo's main international airport if it gets the rights. It will use one of the Airbus A330s that the Jetstar group is due to receive from later this year if it gets the rights.

Jetstar applied to operate on the Singapore-Tokyo Haneda route last year but the Singapore authorities gave those rights to Singapore Airlines late last year instead.

Chong says that in the medium-term, the carrier could look to launch long-haul services to China and Europe out of Singapore.