China's Spring Airlines preparing to launch domestic flights in Japan

China's budget carrier Spring Airlines Co. is preparing for the launch of domestic flights in Japan, promoting procedures with the transport ministry, the chief of its Japanese unit said Wednesday.

"We are at the stage of promoting procedures with the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, so we want to announce our business strategy later," Hiroshi Ugai, president of Spring Airlines Japan Co., told a news conference.

If the transport ministry approves Spring Airlines to launch domestic flights, the carrier will join existing low-cost carriers Peach Aviation, operating out of Kansai International Airport, and Jet Star Japan and Air Asia Japan, operating out of Narita International Airport.