AirAsia Japan, the up-coming budget airline, has officially received its air transportation business license from the Japanese government. This is a major step in getting AirAsia Japan off the ground, and the airline hopes to launch in summer 2012.
AirAsia Japan plans to offer domestic flights from Tokyo’s Narita Airport to Sapporo, Fukuoka and Okinawa by August 2012. In October, it plans to launch international flights to Seoul-Incheon and Busan, South Korea.
The plans for the new AirAsia Japan, a joint venture between Malaysia’s AirAsia and Japan’s ANA, were announced in 2011. It will be the second low-cost airline to be based in Japan, after Peach Aviation.