Japan's transport ministry has licensed Hokkaido International Airlines, known as Air Do, to fly between Tokyo and Sapporo. The new carrier will fly three round trip services daily from 20 December, with fares to be set at 36% lower than existing ticket prices. Air Do is the second new Japanese carrier to break into the domestic air market recently. Skymark Airlines inaugurated domestic flights in September, ending the monopoly which had been held by All Nippon Airways, Japan Airlines and Japan Air System.

Source: Flight International