With this new service, the airline will be the only European airline to fly a scheduled route to Sapporo.
In time for the next winter season, Finnair will be starting a new seasonal service from Helsinki to Sapporo, Japan. Operated by an Airbus A330-300, the route will be offered twice a week from December 15, 2019, until March 27, 2020.Â
This new nonstop service to Sapporo, which takes around nine hours, also looks set to be the airlineâ€™s fifth destination in Japan after Osaka, Tokyo, Nagoya, and Fukuoka. On Thursdays and Sundays, flight AY065 will depart Helsinki at 5:05 p.m. and arrive in Sapporo at 9:00 a.m. the following day. Meanwhile, the return flight AY066 will leave the Japanese city on Mondays and Fridays before reaching the Finnish capital at 2.10 p.m. the same day.
Christian Lesjack, senior vice president of network and resource management at Finnair, said: â€śFinnair is the only European airline to fly a scheduled route to Sapporo and with five key Japanese cities in our network. We are now the largest European carrier flying to Japan.â€ť
Sapporo, the capital of Japanâ€™s Hokkaido island, is well known for its winter activities such as skiing and the annual Sapporo Snow Festival. The latter features stunning ice sculptures.
The launch of this new route is a part of the Finnish airlineâ€™s growth strategy in the Asia Pacificâ€”Finnair has also boosted the frequency of its Hong Kong route.
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