WLCA Asia-Pacific: Peach to establish second hub at Okinawa

Peach Aviation plans to establish a second hub at Okinawa in July from where it will operate to points in Southeast Asia within a four hour radius, including Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi and destinations in Cambodia and Thailand.

The first route will be a domestic one, with a daily Okinawa–Fukuoka flight, Shinichi Inoue, representative director and chief executive officer told LARA at the World Low Cost Airlines Asia-Pacific conference in Singapore on 19 February.

One Airbus A320 will be based in Okinawa. The Osaka-based airline currently operates 11 of the type, with a further six on order for delivery by 2015. It is already looking at further increasing the fleet, according to Inoue.

The airline has experienced rapid growth since its launch at the beginning of 2008, Inoue told delegates, now serving 16 destinations. It passed the four million passenger mark in January – two months ahead of forecasts – and expects to carry three million passengers in this financial year.

Emma Kelly, Asia-Pacific correspondent, Low-Fare & Regional Airlines/LARAnews.net

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