Qantas is set to become the first airline to launch non-stop flights between Melbourne and Tokyo’s Haneda International Airport.
The airline has also announced seasonal flights from Sydney to Sapporo to whisk skiers to the busy ski season in Japan.
The new services have been driven by ever growing demand, and will utilise Qantas A330 aircraft.
“The number of Australians travelling to Japan has more than doubled over the past five years, with more than 500,000 Australians visiting Japan in the last 12 months alone,” said Qantas International CEO, Tino La Spina.
New flights to Tokyo Haneda
The new year-round flights to Haneda are expected to operate daily from 29 March 2020 with an Airbus A330 aircraft, replacing the airline’s existing service between Melbourne and Tokyo’s Narita International Airport.
“We expect the new Haneda service to be particularly popular with business travellers, who will save more than an hour of transit time in getting to the city and also starts ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics,” added La Spina.
The flights are expected to save travellers more than an hour commuting into the city.
Seasonal Sapporo Service
Qantas is the only airline to connect Australia directly with the Hokkaido region and the service is the national carrier’s fifth route between Australia and Japan.
The flights will operate thrice weekly during the 2020-21 ski season until 27 February 2021 with an upgraded A330 aircraft.
The seasonal service will offer more than 10,000 seats on the route.
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