Sydney Airport has welcomed the launch of a second daily Sydney to Haneda service with ANA.
The new service will bring to four the total number of daily flights between Sydney and Haneda Tokyo, with Qantas also operating a daily service and Japanese Airlines (JAL) set to switch its daily Tokyo Narita service to Haneda from 29 March 2020.
“Japan has grown to become a favourite destination for Australians who recognise the unique culture, cuisine and nightlife, with Japan now the 8th ranked destination for Sydneysiders’ overseas trips” said Hugh Wehby, Chief Operating Officer, Sydney Airport
“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 will be serviced by a 246-seat Boeing 787-9 and will augment the existing daily ANA service to Haneda launched in 2015.
It also adds approximately 180,000 annual seats to the Tokyo-Sydney route. The 2019 passenger residence split was 51 percent Japanese resident, 43 percent Australian, 7 percent ‘other’. Passenger growth on the Sydney-Japan route has increased at a compound annual rate of 15 percent over the four years to September 2019.
The Breakdown of travel purpose of Sydney to Japan route – 68 percent leisure, 14 percent business, 11 percent visiting friends and relatives, 7 percent ‘other’.