31 JULY 2017


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Article from BTNews 31 JULY 2017

Japan grows for Qantas

A boom in travel between Australia and Japan has led Qantas to plan to launch new direct seasonal flights between Sydney and Osaka’s Kansai International Airport from 14 December until 24 March next year.

The carrier will operate three flights a week using its upgraded two-class Airbus A330 aircraft on the route. It will be the only direct service light between the two cities.

The flights will add to Qantas’ services between Sydney – Tokyo Haneda, Brisbane – Tokyo Narita and Melbourne – Tokyo Narita, providing options for triangular itineraries, and complementing Jetstar’s Cairns – Osaka service. Jetstar also flies from Cairns and the Gold Coast to Tokyo Narita.

The Sydney – Osaka service will connect to Qantas’ large domestic and trans-Tasman networks and Jetstar Japan’s extensive domestic network, providing good onward travel opportunities at both ends of the new route.

Qantas International CEO Gareth Evans said the addition of Osaka to the Qantas network was a suitable way to celebrate the 70th anniversary this December of flying to Japan. He added: “We’re delighted to add another destination as travel to Japan is booming.

“Our commitment to the Japanese market is reflective of the strength of this growth, which we are well placed to support.”



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