Jetstar’s Japan ambitions halted by regulator

18 Dec 2012 – Australian –

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The planned expansion of Qantas Airways Ltd subsidiary Jetstar’s Japanese operations have taken a hit, after the Japan Civil Aviation Bureau (JCAB) found the budget carrier’s compliance with internal engineering procedures to be lacking, The Australian reports.

According to the newspaper, the notification from the JCAB places a question mark over Jetstar Japan’s plans to utilise Osaka’s Kansai International Airport as its second Japanese base.

The airline has reportedly delayed the commencement of a return service between Osaka and Tokyo, while its touted increase in flights between Kansai and Okinawa may also be in jeopardy.

A spokesman for Jetstar told The Australian that the objections of the regulator had to do with Jetstar Japan’s internal standards – which the spokesman claimed were set higher than the industry standard – but did not involve safety concerns.