Qantas says the ‘weak’ Japan – Australia route is of “considerable concern”, with the number of Japanese visitors almost halving over the past decade.
In a letter to the International Air Service Commission (IASC) the Australian flag carrier explained that although the causes behind the decline, the great financial crisis and last year’s quake, are “short-term in nature”, significant rebound is unlikely to occur in the foreseeable future.
Despite the TCF forecasting an annual growth of 1.6 percent, declining year-on-year until 2022 on the route, Qantas is still seeking a continuation on Jetstar and Japan Airlines flights between Australia and Japan for an extra four years.
The carrier told the regulatory body it is “prudent” to approve the code share, with Japan’s initiatives to boost tourism and return to capacity, the potential for new entry is “greater than any other time”.
If approved, the code share between Qantas’ low cost subsidiary and Japan Airlines would continue through to 30 June 2017.
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J