Skymark to launch Narita shuttle services
Skymark Airlines announced plans to commence operations from Tokyo Narita International Airport in Nov-2011, becoming the first LCC to open a hub at Narita (Nikkei/Bloomberg, 12-Apr-2011). “We want to try something that no one has ever done,” President Shinichi Nishikubo said. The carrier will inaugurate four domestic routes from Tokyo Narita under the name "Narita Shuttle" connecting Asahikawa (from Nov-2011), New-Chitose (from Nov-2011), Okinawa (from Dec-2011) and Fukuoka (from Feb-2012). The airline plans to operate 25 daily services by Sep-2014 to nine domestic destinations, including Asahikawa, Fukuoka and Sapporo. Fares will be as low as JPY980 (USD12), with 20 seats per flight offered at this price for a three-month period following the launch of the new routes. Skymark Airlines plans to expand its fleet of B737s from 18 to 27 by Mar-2013 to support the new routes. The carrier has also ordered four A380s for international operations, with the carrier planning to offer services from Tokyo Narita to three European cities.