Spring Airlines Starts Japan Flight Services After 2 Delays

Spring Airlines starts Japan flight services after 2 delaysThe Japanese unit of Chinese budget carrier Spring Airlines Co. commenced three domestic routes Friday after twice postponing the launch originally planned for May.

The routes will connect Narita airport, serving the Tokyo metropolis, with Takamatsu, Hiroshima and Saga airports with one daily round-trip flight for Takamatsu and two for the others.

The postponements were due to delays in the training of crew members and other preparations, according to Spring Airlines Japan Co. based in Narita, Chiba Prefecture.

"The long-awaited flight services kicked off. I hope to obtain customers' trust through safe operations and warm services," Spring Airlines Japan President Hiroshi Ugai said at an opening ceremony attended by 50 officials at Narita airport, east of Tokyo.

The carrier aims for 70 to 80 percent seat occupancy.