Singapore Airlines (SIA) is now the only Singapore carrier allowed to fly between Singapore Changi Airport and Tokyo’s Haneda Airport. The permission was granted by the city state’s Air Traffic Rights Commitee, which decides the destinations where local carriers can operate.
Earlier, JetStar Asia had applied to fly the same route, aware that the Japanese government was considering opening up Haneda to more international traffic (see earlier news). Next year, a fourth runway will open allowing the facility to substantially increase its capacity.
SIA, which has been granted the rights to fly a total of 14 weekly flights to Haneda, will start up twice daily flights in October 2010. It also flies twice daily to Tokyo’s main gateway, Narita International Airport.
Jetstar’s chief executive officer, Chong Phit Lian, told The Straits Times that the airline will consider other low-cost long-haul options for expansion.