Earlier today, Narita-based low-cost carrier Vanilla Air announced that it plans to launch Fukuoka – Taipei Taoyuan flights from the beginning of 2018 summer schedule. The route will be the airline’s first route out of Fukuoka.
Vanilla Air’s Planned Fukuoka – Taipei Route
While Vanilla Air did not reveal the exact flight schedule yet, it mentioned that the Fukuoka – Taipei route will be operated once a day with the aircraft departing Fukuoka in the morning and arriving back at night.
Once the route is launched, Fukuoka will become the fourth Japanese airport to offer direct flights to Taipei with Vanilla Air. Currently, the airline operates connects Taipei with Tokyo Narita four times a day, Osaka Kansai once a day, and Naha in Okinawa once a day.
Competition on the Route
As far as competition on the route is concerned, three airlines connect the largest city on Kyushu island with the Taiwanese capital:
- China Airlines (double daily, with third rotation on Tuesdays and Fridays)
- Eva Air (daily, with second rotation on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays)
- Tigerair Taiwan (daily)
On top of that, another Japanese airline – Starflyer – plans to launch the route during 2018 winter schedule as part of the restart of its international operations.
Interestingly, until today’s announcement, Starflyer was about to become the first Japanese airline to operate international flights out of Fukuoka since JAL terminated its Fukuoka – Shanghai flights in 2008.
Instead, if all goes according to plan, Vanilla Air will be able to claim that achievement.
In either case, the news is certainly a great development for passengers as the increased competition is likely to drive prices on the two-and-a-half-hour flights down.