OKINAWA is set to welcome more arrivals from Singapore with 14 direct charter flights operated by SilkAir and Jetstar, slated to operate from this month through to January 2015.
SilkAir will operate 12 flights via the 162-seat Boeing 737-800. From September 9 to October 13, flights depart Singapore at 10.00 to reach Naha at 16.15; from November 20, 2014 to January 3, 2015, flights depart Singapore at 10.00 to reach Naha at 16.05.
Jetstar will operate two services via the 182-seat Airbus A320.
Francis Loi, acting head of commercial, Jetstar Asia, told TTG Asia e-Daily the roundtrip flights will take off on November 20 and 24, and are likely to be morning and late-night services.
Both airlines’ tickets will be sold via travel agencies.
The announcement to the Singapore media yesterday follows the MoU inked between Changi Airport Group (CAG) and Okinawa Prefecture Government (OPG) in March, in a bid to promote the Lion City as a hub to Okinawa.
Wong Woon Liong, senior advisor, CAG, said: “With the elimination of a stopover, the total air journey will be almost halved from 10 hours to slightly over five…CAG and OPG will support airlines, travel consultants, and trade partners in establishing more non-stop charter services, towards the common and eventual goal of scheduled services in the future.”
Yoshihisa Kawakami, vice governor of the prefecture, explained: “Charter services can be used to test market demand, and their conversion to scheduled services typically follows at least six months after commencement.”