Qantas Launches All-Year Non-Stop Service to Tokyo-Haneda; Seasonal Service to Sapporo Starts Today
Qantas announced Monday that they will operate year-round daily non-stop flights between Melbourne and Tokyo-Haneda starting March 29, 2020. The airline also started seasonal service between Sydney and Sapporo today, just in time for ski season.
Today, Qantas announced year-round non-stop service between Melbourne and Tokyo’s Haneda International Airport. The new service will replace current service between Melbourne and Tokyo’s Narita International Airport starting March 29, 2020. The route will be operated with an Airbus A330 and eligible Qantas customers flying from Tokyo-Haneda will now have Priority Lane access to the airport’s security checkpoint as well as Japan Airlines’ Sakura Lounge. Customers already booked on flights to Tokyo-Narita will have their reservations automatically transferred to Haneda. The new service complements Qantas’ existing service from Sydney to Tokyo-Haneda, which the carrier has operated since 2015.
Qantas also celebrated the start of seasonal service today to Sapporo, coinciding with Japan’s busy ski season. The carrier has also announced that the route will operate three times weekly during next year’s ski season between December 14, 2020 and February 27, 2021. Qantas is the only Australian airline offering non-stop service to Japan’s Hokkaido region and the Sapporo service is the airline’s fifth Japanese route. In Monday’s announcement, Qantas International’s CEO, Tino La Spina said in part,
“Japan is arguably the most in demand place in the world to visit in 2020 and our new flights will make it even more convenient to travel there from Australia. The number of Australians travelling to Japan has more than doubled over the past five years, with more than 500,00 Australians visiting Japan in the last 12 months alone. In the past two years, we’ve expanded our network by adding new routes to Japan to meet this growing demand: a year-round service to Osaka, a seasonal service to Sapporo, and now a new service between Melbourne and Haneda.”
The Qantas Group operates more than 40 weekly flights between japan and Australia, including flights between Brisbane and Narita, Melbourne and Narita, Sydney and Osaka and seasonal service between Haneda and Sapporo. As previously mentioned, the Melbourne-Narita route will be replaced with Melbourne-Haneda service from March 2020. Additionally, the group’s LCC Jetstar operates flights from Cairns to Narita and Osaka and between Gold Coast and Narita.