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Route Network Expansion

Basic Concept

To contribute to communities as a social infrastructure, the JAL Group aims to build a future where people and goods move freely between cities and rural areas. Maintaining community lifelines is our social mission.
To expand route networks, we will work to maintain and develop outlying island routes and regional routes, and increase traffic between cities and rural areas.
To achieve this, we will adjust routes and use resources of the JAL Group's community-based regional carriers (J-AIR, JAC, HAC, JTA, RAC). In addition, we will provide a system to encourage a hybrid workstyle and lifestyle that "balances life in the city and countryside."

At Haneda Airport, we will improve convenience for customers in the Tokyo metropolitan area by increasing the number of international flights, and at the same time, by utilizing JAL's extensive domestic flight network to and from Haneda, we will greatly increase the convenience of connections for customers from all over Japan and for the many foreign visitors to Japan, thereby contributing to the revitalization of the region.

As for Narita Airport, we have opened flights to San Francisco, Vladivostok and Bengaluru. In addition, ZIPAIR, SPRING JAPAN, and Jetstar Japan will build a global network that leverages the strengths of the three Narita-based LCCs and realize "from the world to every region of Japan and from every region of Japan to the world". We will contribute to the revitalization of Japan's regions and meet the diverse needs of our customers.

We will continue to further strengthen the international transit hub function at Narita Airport and expand our network across the JAL Group by utilizing FSCs and LCCs.


In response to the diversification of travel needs and values and the expected increase in demand from price-conscious customers on international medium-haul flights, we have established ZIPAIR Tokyo, Japan's first international medium-haul LCC, to further meet the needs of customers with diversifying values.
After launching the Narita-Bangkok route on June 3, 2020 as a dedicated cargo route, ZIPAIR Tokyo launched the Narita-Seoul route on October 16, 2020 as a passenger route, followed by the Bangkok, Honolulu and Singapore routes, and the Narita-Los Angeles route on December 25, 2021.
As a JAL Group airline that provides value differentiated from full-service carriers, we will respond to diversifying customer needs and actively utilize Narita International Airport, which will be enhanced in the future, to contribute to further growth in the number of people interacting with Japan, including the targeted 60 million foreign visitors in fiscal 2030.


SPRING JAPAN, a China-specific LCC, is developing a China-specific business using small aircraft together with the Spring Group, the largest LCC in China. In the future, SPRING JAPAN will target Chinese cities with a population of over 10 million and develop new destinations that have not yet been served by direct flights. By leveraging the sales power of the Spring brand, we will contribute to the further expansion of the population exchange, including the increase in the number of foreign visitors to Japan from China.

Jetstar Japan

Jetstar Japan, which boasts one of the best domestic networks in the Tokyo metropolitan area among LCCs, is developing its business with a focus on domestic routes from Narita Airport. We will continue to contribute to the expansion of the LCC market in Japan based on our dual brand strategy, which combines the strengths of the Jetstar LCC brand and the JAL full-service carrier brand.

Regional Network

The JAL Group has regional airlines that operate routes connecting regional cities and outlying islands, such as Hokkaido Air System, J-AIR, Japan Air Commuter, Japan Transocean Air and Ryukyu Air Commuter. We will ensure sustainable route operations that are essential to outlying islands and similar regions, fulfill our function as a transportation infrastructure for communities, connect regions and the world, expand consumption through the movement and distribution of people and goods, and thereby contribute to regional revitalization.

Establishment of Essential Air Service Alliance Limited Liability Partnership

Five airlines, namely, Amakusa Airlines, Oriental Air Bridge, Japan Air Commuter, All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines, established, on October 25, 2019, the Essential Air Service Alliance LLP (EAS LLP), a limited liability partnership to maintain essential and lifeline air links to Japan’s outlying islands.
To ensure sustainable route operations that play an essential role for outlying islands and other areas, EAS LLP is promoting initiatives to deepen collaboration to establish a safety promotion system and ensure stable and efficient operations, while maintaining independent management amongst the airlines.

EAS LLP Business Profile

EAS LLP is working on the following businesses to promote collaboration among the member airlines.

  • Establishment of a safety foundation and promotion of technical cooperation to secure stable operations;
  • Promotion of marketing and sales initiatives;
  • Promotion of procurement activities with greater efficiency;
  • Business standardization and personnel cooperation; and
  • All incidental or related businesses.
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