Japan has been quite noticeably absent from the Asian low fare airline parade – Japanese travelers have been paying a fortune to fly anywhere forever. That’s about to change. Long-haul low fare airline AirAsia X announced that it will launch 3x weekly service between Tokyo (Haneda) and Kuala Lumpur beginning in December. Fares start at 5000 Yen ($58) each way, which is about 1/10th the current price. Lie-flat business class tickets will cost about $600 each way, a steal.
The new service is possible thanks to a new runway being opened at Haneda and an Open Skies pact. Although AirAsia X is a pioneer in cheap flights to Japan, China’s Spring Airlines also flies cheap flights between Shanghai and Ibaraki Airport about 50 miles north of Tokyo. ANA recently announced that they will create a low fare unit to take advantage of the newly available slots.