Japanese budget airline Zipair Tokyo Inc. launched passenger services Friday with its first flights between Tokyo and Seoul, commencing operations after a delay of some five months due to the novel coronavirus pandemic which forced the company to switch to moving cargo.
The twice-weekly passenger flights operated by the Japan Airlines Co. subsidiary between Narita airport, east of Tokyo, and Incheon International Airport near Seoul also came as business travel between Japan and South Korea resumed last week.
The low-cost carrier initially planned to start its passenger service between Narita and Bangkok in May, adding Seoul in July.
Instead, Zipair launched commercial operations in June with its passenger jets carrying only cargo to the Thai capital, and to Seoul from September.
While global travel demand remains depressed, the new budget airline hopes by starting to operate on the Tokyo-Seoul route its reputation will quickly grow.
It plans to add destinations in future including flights between Narita and Honolulu in Hawaii, a very popular destination for Japanese tourists.
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