Hawaiian Airlines has plans to add the northern
city of Sapporo to its growing network of destinations in Japan.
The airline is set to begin service between
Honolulu International Airport and New Chitose Airport on the
island of Hokkaido three times per week in November 2012, pending
Japan government approval.
Sapporo will be the fourth Japanese destination
that Hawaiian has introduced recently to its route network,
following the launches of service to Tokyo in November 2010, Osaka
in July 2011 and Fukuoka in April 2012. It will be the
airline’s sixth new destination in two years, including the launch
of service to Seoul, South Korea in January 2011 and the
upcoming June 4 inauguration of service to New York.
new service builds on our strategy to diversify our revenue base
and strengthens Hawaiian’s presence in one of our most important visitor markets,” said Mark Dunkerley, Hawaiian’s
president and CEO. “The addition of Sapporo to our network will allow our customers in Japan to fly directly to
Japan’s three largest islands and, at the same time, give our customers in
Hawaii a convenient connection to one of Japan’s
largest inbound tourist markets.”
Sapporo is Japan’s
fifth-largest city, with a population of 1.9 million. The capital
city of Hokkaido, it is known for its ski resorts and
world-famous Sapporo Snow Festival, an annual event showcasing
breathtaking snow and ice sculptures.
“Sapporo is already a
popular vacation destination for residents of Hawaii, and we
expect this new service to help introduce the wonders of Sapporo
to many more of our customers,” said Dunkerley.
Sapporo flights will add approximately 41,000 new air seats
annually to Hawaii from Japan, and restore non-stop service
between the islands of Hokkaido and Oahu that was discontinued by
other carriers in 2003.
The Hawaii Tourism Authority estimates
that the new flight will provide $61 million in direct visitor
spending, $6.7 million in tax revenue and support 700 jobs for
Hawaii residents annually.
“Today’s announcement is
outstanding news for our visitor industry and we are proud to see
Hawaii’s hometown airline expand service to Sapporo,” said Mike
McCartney, HTA president and CEO. “Direct flight access from
additional regional cities, like Sapporo, increases convenience
and access to the Hawaiian Islands, and enables Hawaii to
build momentum for continued growth in international travel.”
Subject to Japan government approval, starting 1 November
2012, Hawaiian Flight #441 will depart Honolulu International
Airport Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 14:45 and arrive at
New Chitose Airport at 19:00 the next day.
The, starting 2
November, Flight #442 will depart New Chitose on Wednesday,
Friday and Sunday at 21:00 and arrive in Honolulu at 09:15
the same day.
Hawaiian will operate the new Honolulu-Sapporo flights with its widebody, twin-aisle Boeing 767-300ER aircraft that seat 264 passengers.
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