Airline offers rent and unlimited flights for remote workers

Japan’s Star Flyer is trying to draw remote workers in Tokyo with airfare-plus-rent subscriptions.

TOKYO, Oct 20 (Bloomberg) - A Japanese domestic airline is seeking to fill empty seats by offering subscriptions to Tokyo-based workers that will let them move to a city nearly 900 kilometers (550 miles) away, and commute back-and-forth to the capital by air as many times as they want.

Star Flyer Inc. plans to roll out a monthly subscription service in spring that includes rented accommodation in and around the southern city of Fukuoka on the island of Kyushu, on top of unlimited flights between Kitakyushu — a city near Fukuoka where the carrier is based — and Tokyo’s Haneda Airport, spokesperson Yuki Furuse said.

The cost would be around 200,000 yen ($1,340) to 400,000 yen a month, which the carrier estimates will be competitive with rents for large apartments in the capital to attract workers with families. ...continue reading