Sydney Airport has welcomed a boost to its schedule of direct flights to Japan, with the launch of a second daily Sydney to Haneda service with All Nippon Airways (ANA).
Hugh Wehby, Sydney Airport’s chief operating officer, said the new service would tap into the demand for two-way travel between Japan and Australia.
“Japan has grown to become a favourite destination for Australians who recognise the unique culture, cuisine and nightlife, with Japan now the eighth ranked destination for Sydneysiders’ overseas trips,” he said.
“It’s also clear that Japan’s love-affair with Sydney has continued with Japanese visitors firmly entrenched in our top five list of international visitors. Despite Japan being a mature market, in the 12 months to September 2019 it was our fastest growing, with the number of Japanese residents visiting Sydney increasing by 34 percent.”
The new service represents increase of 180,000 seats to the route and expected to grow Japanese visitor arrivals by 36,000 annually.
“ANA are thrilled to be the first airline with a double daily departure from Sydney to Tokyo,” said ANA’s regional boos, Ryo Sadayuki.
“This year (2020) is going to be a significant year for tourism to Japan and our new schedule provides us with the opportunity to introduce more customers to ANA’s 5 star quality products and services, as well as generate more travellers not only to Tokyo but other regions with our convenient onward domestic connections.”
The new service will be serviced by a 246-seat Boeing 787-9 and will augment the existing daily ANA service to Haneda launched in 2015.