Jetstar Hong Kong: Should it be running?

Jetstar Hong Kong has been proposing services, and the government is still thinking about their service due to maximal objection from Cathay Pacific Airways.

So, the big question is: Should Jetstar Hong Kong be running?

If it runs, it’ll take advantage of 129 routes out of Hong Kong, and take away about 90% of passengers originally travelling on Cathay, Dragonair, Hong Kong Express/Airlines etc. and transiting at another destination, and another 10% who would like to travel Jetstar Hong Kong because of their (ridiculously) low fares.

If it doesn’t run, passengers will have to continue transiting through other destinations but CX, KA, HX, UO etc. would still keep their high passenger revenue.

Wikipedia said:

Jetstar Hong Kong will initially serve short-haul routes to cities in China, Japan, South Korea and South East Asia

Jetstar Hong Kong has submitted application to operate scheduled air service for up to 129 routes out of Hong Kong, according to document published by the Licensing Authority of Hong Kong on 23AUG13. Below is the list of routes Jetstar has applied for. The airline has not yet receive Air Operator Certificate (AOC), which it hopes to receive by the end of 2013.

  • Cambodia (2 Destinations): Phnom Penh, Siem Reap
  • China (48 Destinations / 49 Airports): Harbin, Changchun, Shenyang, Dalian, Tianjin, Beijing, Hohhot, Baotou, Yinchuan, Taiyuan, Xi’An, Lanzhou, Xining, Ürümqi, Shijiazhuang, Jinan, Qingdao, Yantai, Zhengzhou, Luoyang, Xuzhou, Yancheng, Nanjing, Wuxi, Shanghai Hongqiao, Shanghai Pu Dong, Hangzhou, Ningbo, Wenzhou, Hefei, Tunxi, Wuhan, Changsha, Chongqing, Chengdu, Kunming, Dayong, Nanchang, Guiyang, Lijiang, Fuzhou, Jinjiang, Xiamen, Guilin, Nanning, Shantou, Zhanjiang, Haikou, Sanya
  • Indonesia (8 Destinations): Medan, Bandung, Jakarta, Semarang, Yogyakarta, Surabaya, Denpasar, Lombok
  • Japan (26 Destinations / 27 Airports): Asahikawa, Kushiro, Tokachi-Obihiro, Sapporo, Hakodate, Akita, Sendai, Niigata, Tokyo-Narita, Tokyo-Haneda, Nagoya, Toyama, Komatsu, Osaka-Kansai, Okayama, Hiroshima, Takamatsu, Matsuyama, Kitakyushu, Fukuoka, Oita, Nagasaki, Kumamoto, Miyazaki, Kagoshima, Okinawa, Ishigaki
  • Korea (6 Destinations / 7 Airports): Seoul Incheon, Seoul Gimpo, Cheongju, Daegu, Busan, Muan, Jeju
  • Laos (2 Destinations): Vientiane, Luang Prabang
  • Malaysia (5 Destinations): Kota Kinabalu, Kuching, Langkawi, Penang, Kuala Lumpur
  • Myanmar (2 Destinations): Yangon, Mandalay
  • Philippines (8 Destinations): Laoag, Clark, Manila, Kalibo, Iloilo, Cebu, Puerto Princesa, Davao
  • Singapore (1 Destination): Singapore
  • Taiwan (3 Destinations): Taipei-Taoyuan, Taichung, Kaohsiung
  • Thailand (7 Destinations): Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai, Bangkok, Koh Samui, Krabi, Phuket, Hat Yai
  • Vietnam (5 Destinations): Hanoi, Da Nang, Hue, Nha Trang, Ho Chi Minh City
  • Others (3 Destinations): Guam, Saipan, Koror

That’s a lot of destinations. So, these destinations and lower revenue for the big airlines, or no these destinations and keeping these airlines financially stable (and ah, yes, if Jetstar Hong Kong goes ahead the queues during security will DEFINITELY be longer.)

Words of inspiration (i.e. CX at a court case):

Jetstar Hong Kong is a franchise of a foreign airline, which is also controlled by that foreign airline

Should Jetstar Hong Kong be approved?

(Lufthansa colours seen here)

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