Qantas will launch new direct seasonal flights between Sydney and Sapporo, meeting a growing demand from Australians wanting to travel to the popular Japanese ski holiday destination.

To coincide with the peak ski season, Qantas will fly three times per week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays to Sapporo’s New Chitose Airport between 16 December 2019 and 28 March 2020. The flights will be operated with an upgraded Airbus A330 aircraft, offering more than 10,000 seats on the route over this period.

The A330 aircraft has a 2-4-2 layout in economy and 1-2-1 in business class.

Qantas A330 business suite

Qantas A330 business class

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,” said Mr Kumar.

“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.”

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.

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

Award seats have been released, at a cost of 35,000 Qantas Points one-way in economy or 72,000 in business class (plus taxes and fees).

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