start-up carrier Star Flyer has launched services from the new Kitakyushu
airport, which opened today.
representative of the airline says from the southern city of Kitakyushu that the carrier operated its first
flights between Tokyo Haneda airport and Kitakyushu
early this morning. He says nine round-trip services will initially be operated
each day on the new airline’s single route, rising next week to 12 per day.
Flyer is operating 144-seat Airbus A320s on lease from GE Commercial Aviation
Services. Its Kitakyushu
base is in northeast Kyushu, which is the southernmost of Japan’s
four main islands.
new offshore airport has a 2,500m (8,200ft)-long runway and will be open 21hr
per day. It replaces the city’s existing landlocked airport, which had many
restrictions on operations and a 1,600m-long runway.
users of the new airport include three Japan Airlines (JAL) Group carriers.
Mainline domestic operator JAL is operating to and from Tokyo Haneda airport,
while Japan Transocean Air will be operating services to Naha
and J-Air will be operate to Nagoya Komaki airport. China Southern Airlines
will also be serving Kitakyushu from Shanghai.