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Thursday 18 April 2019

Qantas launches direct flights to Japanese ski destination

Qantas is to launch new direct seasonal flights between Sydney and Sapporo, aiming to meet a growing demand from Australians wanting to travel to the popular Japanese ski resort.

To coincide with the peak ski season, Qantas will fly three times per week to Sapporo’s New Chitose Airport between December 16, 2019, and March 28, 2020.

The flights will be operated by Qantas’ upgraded Airbus A330 aircraft, offering more than 10,000 seats on the route over this period.

Qantas will be the first airline to fly direct between Sydney and Sapporo and the service will be the national carrier’s fifth route between Australia and Japan.

Qantas International Acting CEO Naren Kumar said Sapporo was a highly sought-after holiday destination for Australian travellers.

“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,” Kumar said.

“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 demand.”

The new service is also expected to drive tourism by creating a new option for travellers from the Hokkaido region to experience summer in Australia. Qantas will be working with the Hokkaido Government to promote the new service to travellers from across Australia and Japan.

Customers can book Qantas’ new Sapporo service from today at or through travel agents.

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