Saturday, December 29, 2012

Skymark to end flights from Kansai Airport

Skymark Airlines said Friday it would halt flight services on two domestic routes from Kansai International Airport near Osaka possibly at the end of March due to growing competition from no-frills carriers.

One of the two routes links Kansai and Naha Airport in Okinawa Prefecture, and the other connects Kansai and New Chitose Airport in Hokkaido. Skymark currently operates three round-trip flights a day on each of the two routes.

Skymark launched the two routes in March this year to boost its competitiveness against low-cost carriers such as Peach Aviation, but the flights have had low occupancy rates, company officials said.

To boost profits, the airline is considering starting flight services linking Naha and Ishigaki Airport on Ishigakijima island in Okinawa Prefecture as early as spring 2013.

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