Spring Airlines’ Japan subsidiary, Spring Airlines Japan has reportedly been approved (Times Weekly, 13-Jun-2013). Spring Airlines holds a 33% stake in the start-up. As previously reported, Spring Airlines Japan delayed its launch in the Japan domestic market from spring 2013 to the end of 2013 or early 2014 due to delays in its approval from Japan MLIT. Spring Airlines Japan has applied to operate services from Tokyo Narita to Kumamoto, Hiroshima and Takamatsu. The carrier is also reportedly considering operating its international service from Tokyo Narita after 2014.
Spring Airlines Japan approved, delays launch to 2014: report
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