FOLLOWING a surge of interest in travel from Australia to the Japanese ski destination of Sapporo, Qantas has announced plans to launch a new ex-Sydney service to coincide with the peak ski season.

The carrier will fly passengers three times per week to the new Chitrose Airport between 16 December 2019 and 28 March 2020.

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,” he said.

“The number of Australians travelling to Japan has more than doubled over the past five years, with almost 500,000 Australians visiting Japan in the last 12 months alone… We expect Japan’s popularity to continue with the country hosting a number of major international sporting events in the next two years.”


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