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KUALA LUMPUR: AirAsia Japan, the newest low-cost carrier (LCC) based at the Narita International Airport, began services of its domestic routes today, with daily flights to Fukuoka and Sapporo.
AirAsia Japan's other domestic destination is Okinawa with flights commencing on Aug 3 from Narita.
"It's been only a year since we announced AirAsia Japan's establishment and already have two aircraft, 243 staff in Japan and three domestic routes on the day we begin our operations," said Tan Sri Tony Fernandes, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of AirAsia Group, in a statement today.
The inaugural flight to Fukuoka took off with a 80 per cent load while that to Sapporo had 157 guests on board.
Kazuyuki Iwakata, CEO of AirAsia Japan said:"AirAsia and All Nippon Airways (ANA) entered into a joint venture only about a year ago and the response has been overwhelming.
"I am delighted to see our first flights take off today to Fukuoka and Sapporo."
AirAsia Japan's objective is to develop the LCC market in Japan, generating new demand, with the aim of making affordable and quality travel available to all.-- BERNAMA