Jetstar Asia to resume Japan services

A Jetstar Asia flight lands in Osaka.
Alec Wilson from Khon Kaen, Thailand, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

As of November 2023, Jetstar Asia will resume flight services from Singapore to Okinawa. This revival marks a significant milestone as Jetstar Asia becomes the sole airline operating direct services between Singapore and Okinawa. The carrier will also resume services from Singapore to Osaka at the same time.

Support behind the scenes

Behind this announcement stands the collaborative efforts of the Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG) and the Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO).

With their strong support, the eagerly awaited service is scheduled to recommence on the 30th of November, perfectly aligning with the year-end holiday period.

This strategic timing ensures that travelers can embark on their journey to Okinawa, indulging in a much-deserved holiday escape.

Operating three flights each week, this service is poised to become a bridge between Singapore and the tropical haven that is Okinawa.

Thousands of Singaporeans will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the island’s beauty, supporting the local tourism and hospitality industries while experiencing the magic of Okinawa firsthand.

Barathan Pasupathi, the CEO of Jetstar Asia, spoke on the revival of this popular route earlier last month. “Okinawa has always been an incredibly popular destination, and we know our customers can’t wait for us to resume this service,” Mr. Barathan exclaimed.


The island’s allure lies in its unparalleled charm, boasting pristine white beaches, captivating coral reefs, delectable cuisine, and a rich cultural tapestry. Whether you’re seeking relaxation by the shore or an adventure-packed getaway, Okinawa caters to all preferences.

Jetstar Asia’s reputation for offering exceptional value is upheld with this service. The affordability of their fares empowers Singaporeans to make the most of their holiday, embracing every opportunity that Okinawa presents.

The collaboration and support from the Okinawa Prefectural Government and the Japan National Tourism Organization further solidify this exciting venture.

Welcoming Jetstar Asia

The Okinawa Prefectural Government Singapore Representative Office extends a warm welcome to Jetstar Asia as they reintroduce this direct flight.

Heat Ikehara, the Director of the Office, believes that the resumption of this service will lead to a vibrant surge in tourism and economic exchange between Okinawa and Singapore.

This flight offers a direct link to the nearest part of Japan from Singapore, fostering increased interest from travelers in the ASEAN and Oceania regions as well.

Jetstar Asia’s resumption of direct flights to Okinawa brings with it a promise of cultural exchange and enhanced connectivity.

Hatsume Nagai, the Executive Director of JNTO Singapore Representative Office, emphasized the surge in Okinawa’s popularity. She highlighted that 47% of respondents in a recent survey expressed their eagerness to visit Okinawa, making it the second-highest sought-after Japanese destination.

Opening further services

In addition to the revived Singapore-Okinawa route, Jetstar Asia announced the resumption of another exciting service.

Travelers can once again explore the vibrant city of Osaka, Japan, via a route that includes Manila. Commencing on the 24th of November 2023, this service to Osaka, known for its multicultural ambiance, will operate five times a week.

The frequency will increase to daily from the 30th of December, catering to the growing demand for this sought-after route.

The CEO’s insights

Mr. Barathan, the CEO of Jetstar Asia, expressed his satisfaction with the restoration of the connection to Osaka. He shared, “We’re so pleased that travelers from Singapore and the Philippines will once again have the opportunity to avail themselves of low fares to this popular destination.”

The dual routes, encompassing Okinawa and Osaka, are projected to facilitate travel for over 180,000 passengers each year between Singapore and Japan.

Jetstar Asia’s commitment to seamless travel experiences extends beyond its routes. From Japan, travelers can conveniently connect to Jetstar Japan’s extensive network, covering 15 domestic destinations.

This includes daily services from Okinawa to prominent hubs like Narita, Nagoya, and Osaka.

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