Spring Airlines Japan to launch in June

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Spring Airlines Japan will start operations on 27 June from Narita Airport.

Schedules on the carrier’s website show that it will launch twice-daily services from Tokyo Narita to Saga, Takamatsu and Hiroshima.

The low-cost carrier received approval to launch from Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism last December.

Spring Japan is a joint venture between Chinese low-cost carrier Spring Airlines and unnamed Japanese partners. Political tension between China and Japan over the disputed ownership of islands in the East China Sea caused delays to the carrier's application and launch.

Spring Japan will be the fourth low-cost carrier to enter the Japanese market in recent years, behind Peach Aviation, Jetstar Japan and Vanilla Air.

Flightglobal’s Ascend Online database shows that Spring Japan has three Boeing 737-800s in its fleet. It plans to grow to a fleet of 20 aircraft by 2017.