Jetstar Hong Kong

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Jetstar Hong Kong
Jetstar logo.svg
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded 2012
Key people Pansy Ho (Chairman)
Edward Lau (CEO)

Jetstar Hong Kong was a planned low fare airline, based at Hong Kong International Airport. In June 2015, Hong Kong's Air Transport Licensing Authority refused Jetstar Hong Kong's application for an operating licence.[1]

It was formed in 2012 as a venture between China Eastern Airlines and Qantas.[2][3] Later, on 6 June 2013, Shun Tak Holdings, a conglomerate in Hong Kong and Macau managed by Pansy Ho invested $66 million for a 33.3% stake with China Eastern Airlines and Qantas.[4] Jetstar Hong Kong is a subsidiary of Shun Tak Holdings under the Listing Rules.[5]

However, Hong Kong's Air Transport Licensing Authority refused Jetstar Hong Kong's application for an operating licence on 25 June 2015.[6] Subsequently, China Eastern Airlines and Qantas announced to end the involvement in Jetstar Hong Kong and not to proceed with the investment.[7][8]


Airbus A320 in store at Toulouse-Blagnac Airport in July 2014

Jetstar Hong Kong lodged an application for an air operator's certificate (AOC) in August 2012.[9] The airline venture originally planned to commence its services in late-2012, but it was awaiting the receipt of approval from the Hong Kong government. Under the Basic Law of Hong Kong, the government has the authority to issue airline licences to companies incorporated in Hong Kong and having their principal place of business in the territory.

On 6 June 2013, it was announced that Shun Tak Holdings had acquired a 33.3% stake in Jetstar Hong Kong. Each investor now held an equal stake in the budget airline.[10][11] Jetstar Hong Kong had a local CEO, Chairman and Hong Kong Permanent Resident majority Board.

In June 2013, the Transport and Housing Bureau said the government was reviewing the regime for designation of local carriers and it would not process any applications from new airlines before the completion of the review.[12] The Transport and Housing Bureau later said in April 2014 that the Hong Kong government's review on the framework for designation of Hong Kong airlines had been completed.[13]

In February 2014, its Company Registry was updated to reflect the changes made to the shareholders voting structure and the appointment of two new board members from local investor Shun Tak Holdings. Its shareholding structure was changed to give local investor Shun Tak Holdings 51% shareholding voting rights with China Eastern Airlines and Qantas each retaining 24.5%.[14]

As the airline continued to progress through the regulatory approval process, its Air Transport Licence application was gazetted in August 2013[15] but faced objections from incumbent future competitors Cathay Pacific, Dragonair, Hong Kong Airlines and Hong Kong Express. A public inquiry into Jetstar Hong Kong's Principal Place of Business (required by law to be Hong Kong) associated with its application for an Air Transport Licence was held in January 2015.[16] As at March 2015, the application was still being considered.[17]

On 25 June 2015, Hong Kong's Air Transport Licensing Authority refused Jetstar Hong Kong's application for an operating licence.[18]

On 17 August 2015, China Eastern Airlines end the involvement in Jetstar Hong Kong and not to proceed with the investment.[19]

On 20 August 2015, Qantas writes off Jetstar Hong Kong, confirms no further investments. [20]


Jetstar Hong Kong planned to initially serve short-haul routes to cities in China, Japan, South Korea and South East Asia.[21]

Jetstar Hong Kong submitted applications to operate scheduled air services for up to 129 routes out of Hong Kong, according to a document published by the Licensing Authority of Hong Kong. The airline applied for routes to the following:[22]

  • 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 (9 destinations): Laoag, Clark, Manila, Kalibo, Iloilo, Cebu, Puerto Princesa, Davao, Cagayan De Oro
  • 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


Jetstar Hong Kong purchased nine Airbus A320s. None were delivered, being placed in store at Toulouse-Blagnac Airport. Three were sold in April 2014, followed by a further three in August 2014.[23] In March 2015, a further two were sold to CMB Financial Leasing.[17][24][25]


  1. ^ "Air Transport Licensing Authority - Summary of Decision" (PDF). 25 June 2015. Retrieved 25 June 2015. 
  2. ^ "China Eastern Airlines and Qantas". Jetstar Airways. 26 March 2012. Retrieved 26 March 2012. 
  3. ^ "Qantas, China Eastern Plan Cheap Flights for Asia Middle". 26 March 2012. 
  4. ^ "Asia's Budget Airline Invasion". Bloomberg Businessweek. 13 February 2014. Retrieved 13 February 2014. 
  5. ^ "Shun Tak Holdings Discloesable Transactions" (PDF). Hong Kong Stock Exchange. 26 September 2013. Retrieved 26 September 2013. 
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  9. ^ Jetstar Hong Kong moves closer to 2013 launch with AOC lodgement 19 July 2012
  10. ^ "Stanley Ho’s Shun Tak buys into Qantas’ Jetstar Hong Kong joint venture". June 6, 2013. 
  11. ^ Qantas Welcomes New Investor to Jetstar Hong Kong Qantas 6 June 2013
  12. ^ "Transport and Housing Bureau's response to media report". Hong Kong Information Services Department. June 4, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Speech by STH on transport at LegCo Finance Committee special meeting". Hong Kong Information Services Department. 3 April 2014. Retrieved 3 April 2014. 
  14. ^ Shun Tak ups voting rights in budget airline gambit The Standard 03 September 2014
  15. ^ Jetstar Hong Kong takes next step towards take-off with ATLA application gazattal 23 August 2013
  16. ^ |title=Basic Law statute a sticking point in inquiry on Jetstar Hong Kong's licence bid |South China Morning Post 24 January 2015
  17. ^ a b "Jetstar HK gets off to rocky start" The Age 23 March 2015
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  21. ^ Steve Creedy (26 March 2012). "Qantas to set up Jetstar Hong Kong, first HK low-cost carrier". The Australian. Retrieved 26 March 2012. 
  22. ^ Jetstar Hong Kong Routes Application as of August 2013
  23. ^ "Jetstar Hong Kong sells three aircraft as it awaits approval". The Standard. 22 August 2014. 
  24. ^ Disclosable Transactions Shun Tak Holdings 20 March 2015
  25. ^ Jetstar Hong Kong sells three A320s to CMB Financial Leasing Airline Economics