Budget carrier Tigerair to launch flights between Taipei, Okayama

Budget carrier Tigerair Taiwan, a joint venture between Taiwan’s China Airlines (CAL) and Singapore’s Tiger Airways, said it will launch flights between Taipei and Okayama, Japan in mid-July.

To celebrate the new route, Tigerair said it will offer discounted one-way tickets for the new route for NT$699 (US$21.59) online between 9 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday.

The tickets purchased will be valid until Oct. 29, according to the airline.

Tigerair will offer three round-trip flights a week between Taoyuan International Airport and Okayama, located in western Honshu, starting on July 14.

Flights will depart for Okayama at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, Thursday and Sunday Taiwan time, and will leave Okayama for Taipei at 6 p.m. Japan time the same days.

The new route will be the ninth Tigerair flies between Taiwan and Japan and represents an extension of its services to second or third tier Japanese cities, the airline said.

Located on the Okayama Plain, Okayama has a mild climate and is famous for its agricultural products, including high quality peaches and grapes.

Among its main attractions are the many “Peach Boy” statues seen around the city, reminders that the renowned Japanese tale Momotaro san, or Peach Boy, originated in Okayama.

Okayama has also been known for producing jeans since the city rolled out the first pair of jeans in Japan after the Second World War, and it now has a Jean Street that stand outs as one of the city’s main attractions.

Tigerair said Okayama is not far from Kyoto, Osaka and Hiroshima, making it a good base to explore the western half of Japan.

The eight destinations in Japan currently served by Tigerair from Taiwan include Tokyo, Sendai, Nagoya, Osaka, Fukuoka and Okinawa.

Source: China Post