Qantas has confirmed that it will launch direct
seasonal flights between Sydney and Sapporo, a popular ski
destination in Japan.
will fly three times per week to Sapporo’s New Chitose Airport
between 16 December 2019 and 28 March 2020.
The flights will be operated with Qantas’
upgraded Airbus A330 aircraft, offering more than 10,000 seats on
the route over the period.
Qantas International Acting CEO, Naren Kumar,
“Travel between Australia and Japan is booming. These new flights
make it easier for Australians to reach Hokkaido’s popular ski
resorts like Niseko and Rusutsu. The number of
Australians travelling to Japan has more than doubled over the
past five years, with almost 500,000 Australians visiting Japan in
the last 12 months alone. We expect Japan’s popularity to continue
with the country hosting a number of major international sporting
events in the next two years. Domestic connections with Jetstar Japan will also open up new options for customers who want
to travel beyond the Hokkaido region for both business and
leisure. In the past two years we’ve expanded our network by
adding two new destinations in Japan to meet this growing demand:
a year-round service to Osaka, and now seasonal services to
Sapporo. We’ll continue to look for opportunities to meet customer
The new Sapporo service
adds to Qantas’ flights from Sydney to Tokyo (Haneda) and Osaka,
Melbourne-Tokyo (Narita) and Brisbane-Tokyo (Narita) and Jetstar’s
flights from Cairns to Tokyo (Narita) and Osaka, and Gold Coast to
Japan will host the
Rugby World Cup later this
year, and Tokyo will host the Olympics in 2020.