Hawaiian Airlines (Honolulu) today announced it will add the northern city of Sapporo to its growing network of destinations in Japan. The airline is set to begin service between Honolulu International Airport and New Chitose Airport on the island of Hokkaido three times per week in November 2012, pending Japan government approval.
Sapporo will be the fourth Japanese destination that Hawaiian has introduced recently to its route network, following the launches of service to Tokyo in November 2010, Osaka in July 2011 and Fukuoka in April 2012. It will be the airline’s sixth new destination in two years, including the launch of service to Seoul, South Korea in January 2011 and the upcoming June 4 inauguration of service to New York City.
Sapporo is Japan’s fifth-largest city, with a population of 1.9 million. The capital city of Hokkaido, it is known for its ski resorts and world-famous Sapporo Snow Festival, an annual event showcasing breathtaking snow and ice sculptures.
Hawaiian’s Sapporo flights will add approximately 41,000 new air seats annually to Hawaii from Japan, and restore nonstop service between the islands of Hokkaido and Oahu that was discontinued by other carriers in 2003.
The Hawaii Tourism Authority estimates that the new flight will provide $61 million in direct visitor spending, $6.7 million in tax revenue and support 700 jobs for Hawaii residents annually.
Subject to Japan government approval, starting on November 1, Hawaiian flight HA 441 will depart Honolulu International Airport on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 2:45 p.m. (1445) and arrive at New Chitose Airport at 7:00 p.m. (1900) the next day. Starting on November 2, flight HA 442 will depart New Chitose on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays at 9:00 p.m. (2100) and arrive in Honolulu at 9:15 a.m. (0915) the same day. (Japan is 19 hours ahead of Honolulu and the flight crosses the International Dateline).
Hawaiian will operate the new Honolulu-Sapporo flights with its wide-body, twin-aisle Boeing 767-300 ER aircraft that seat 264 passengers.
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