Japanese budget airline planning to launch new Taoyuan-Haneda flights
Peach Aviation, a Japanese budget carrier, said it will launch direct flights between Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport and Tokyo Haneda Airport on Aug. 8 to further tap into Taiwan’s budget travel market.
The new route will be Peach Aviation’s fourth air link between the two countries, after introducing service between Taoyuan and Osaka, Taoyuan and Okinawa, and Kaohsiung and Osaka, the carrier said.
“We are targeting young female travelers aged 20-30 years old,” Peach Aviation CEO Shinichi Inoue said at a press conference in Taipei.
Inoue said that of the 900,000 passengers the airline has carried on Taiwan-Japan routes since the carrier began operations in 2012, 60 percent have been female.
The airline will initially offer six round-trip flights per week (excluding Tuesdays) that leave Taoyuan International Airport at 0:30 a.m. and depart from Haneda on the return leg at 5:55 a.m., Inoue said.
The route will be operated on a daily basis starting on Oct. 24, according to the airline.
Inoue said the schedule should work out well for young Taiwanese travelers. They can head to the airport after work to catch the flight with plenty of time to spare, save the cost of one night’s accommodation, and start their travels upon arrival, he said.