The Malaysian low-cost carrier is given the green lights by the country’s civil aviation authority after its partnership with All Nippon Airways (ANA) dissolved in September 2013. AirAsia Japan lasted just 13 months before closing.
The Tokyo-based airline has since been rebranded as Vanilla Air, and this airline, along with Peach Aviation and Jetstar Japan, will provide direct competition for the new AirAsia Japan. None of these rival LCCs however, are based in Nagoya.
Based at Nagoya‘s Chubu Centrair International Airport, AirAsia Japan will commence services in spring 2016, offering both domestic and international routes.
Japan will become the group’s sixth short-haul airline, following existing units in Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines and India.