SAN JOSE — An airline with a high-tech approach to low-cost air service will offer new jet flights between Tokyo and San Jose starting this year, the airline said Wednesday.
ZIPAIR has announced that it will offer flights between Tokyo-Narita Airport and San Jose International Airport by the end of this year.
“We are delighted to announce the launch of our new service to Mineta San Jose International Airport in December 2022,” said Shingo Nishida, President of ZIPAIR Tokyo.
The airline offers automated services to allow passengers to check in one day before their flight and provides technology-enhanced services on the company’s aircraft.
“We are thrilled to welcome ZIPAIR and its unique, low-cost service, which complements the international service we continue to attract to San Jose International Airport,” said San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo.
Details of the new flights have yet to be fully sketched out.
“With the convenient nonstop flight between Tokyo Narita and Northern California, we certainly look forward to welcoming more visitors to travel between the United States and Asia,” said Nishida, whose air carrier is a subsidiary of Japan Airlines.
The airline must obtain government approvals for the international route before ZIPAIR can officially begin service.
In December 2021, ZIPAIR launched direct service between Los Angeles and Tokyo Narita, where the airline is headquartered.
“ZIPAIR represents a new kind of airline that leverages technology to deliver an efficient and more accessible travel experience that’s perfectly suited to San Jose and Silicon Valley,” said San Jose chief aviation officer John Aitken. Joseph.
The announcement of brand new air services between San Jose and Japan follows the relaunch of British Airways flights to connect San Jose with London’s Heathrow Airport.
The expansion of air services internationally suggests that Silicon Valley’s travel industry has slowly begun to address the coronavirus-related illnesses that sickened the region’s economy when government agencies ordered travel closures. large-scale enterprises to combat the spread of the deadly virus.
Silicon Valley’s travel industry is more heavily dependent on business travel than many other markets.
This business-oriented dynamic has dampened the rebound in the South Bay travel market, as business travel has recovered much more slowly than leisure travel to the United States.
Signs have started to appear to suggest travel is resuming, however, flight and passenger statistics released by San Jose Airport show.
In April, the most recent month for which statistics were available Wednesday, the San Jose airport handled 972,600 passengers. That was more than double the 465,600 passengers San Jose airport handled in April 2021.
Yet airport activity must climb much higher before it can reach the high altitude it once enjoyed before the arrival of the coronavirus.
The April 2022 monthly total was 74% of the pre-coronavirus average of 1.32 million passengers per month over the one-year period ending in February 2020.
“ZIPAIR’s announcement reflects renewed global confidence in the strength of the San Jose market and the continued importance of Silicon Valley,” Mayor Liccardo said.
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