POSTED: 8:27 a.m. HST, May 9, 2012
LAST UPDATED: 8:40 a.m. HST, May 9, 2012
Hawaiian Airlines said today it will expand its reach into Japan by beginning service three days a week between Honolulu and the northern city of Sapporo.
The service is targeted to begin Nov. 1, pending approval from the Japan government.
This will be the airline’s fourth Japanese destination since November 2010 when it launched service to Tokyo. Hawaiian added service to Osaka in July 2011 and Fukuoka in April of this year.
It also will mark Hawaiian’s sixth new route in two years. Hawaiian began service to Seoul in January 2011 and will start service to John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York on June 4.
Sapporo is Japan’s fifth-largest city with a population of 1.9 million and is located on the island of Hokkaido.
The Hawaii Tourism Authority estimates the new flight will provide $61 million in direct visitor spending, $6.7 million in tax revenue and support 700 jobs for Hawaii residents annually.
Hawaiian’s flights will depart Honolulu Airport Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 2:45 p.m. and arrive at New Chitose Airport at 7 p.m. the next day. The Sapporo flights will leave on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays at 9 p.m. and arrive in Honolulu at 9:15 a.m. the same day.