• Joe Breitfeller

Finnair Announces Year-Round Service Between Helsinki and Sapporo, Japan

Updated: Jan 11, 2020

Finnair announced on Tuesday that they would upgrade their seasonal service to Sapporo, Japan to twice-weekly all year service starting December 15, 2019.

Finnair Airbus A330 - Courtesy Finnair

Earlier this week, Finnair announced that they will be upgrading their seasonal service between Helsinki and Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan to twice weekly year-round service starting December 15, 2019. Finnair is the only European airline that offers direct service to Sapporo and the route is operated with an Airbus A330 aircraft. In the winter season, flights will depart Helsinki on Sundays and Thursdays and departures from Sapporo will be available on Mondays and Fridays. During the summer season, Helsinki departures will take place on Sundays and Wednesdays, while Sapporo departures will be available on Mondays and Thursdays.

The flight to Sapporo is approximately nine hours and Finnair also offers service to Tokyo-Narita, Osaka, Nagoya and Fukuoka. Finnair announced earlier this year that they will debut direct service to Tokyo-Haneda in March 2020. In Tuesday’s announcement, Finnair’s SVP – Network and Resource Management, Christian Lesjak said,

“Adding Sapporo to our network is very exciting. Japan is Finnair’s largest market outside our home market Finland, and with five key Japanese cities in our network, we are now the largest European Airline flying to Japan.”

At the start of the summer 2020 season, Finnair will also add two additional weekly flights to Osaka, bringing the total number of weekly flights to 12. Finnair codeshares with their long-standing partner, Japan Airlines on the Sapporo and Osaka routes. Together with JAL, British Airways and Iberia, Finnair is a member of “Siberian Joint Venture,” offering customers more choices between Europe and Japan.

Source: Finnair