Qantas to fly Melbourne to Haneda Tokyo and extend Sapporo service

Qantas will officially become the first airline to fly non-stop between Melbourne and Tokyo’s Haneda International Airport with the launch of a new daily service from 29 March 2020. 

The year round flights will replace the current Melbourne to Narita service, saving travellers more than an hour commute into Tokyo city. The service will operate on an Airbus A330 aircraft.

Qantas is also making improvements for customers flying from Haneda Airport. Eligible customers are now able to access the Priority Lane at the airport’s security checkpoint, as well as Japan Airlines’ Sakura Lounge.

The new flights are on sale from today and customers already booked to travel from Melbourne to Narita will be automatically transferred onto these services or can make alternative arrangements.

The national carrier has also announced it will extend its seasonal service to Sapporo for another year.

The flights will operate three times per week during the 2020-21 ski season from 14 December 2020 to 27 February 2021 with the airline’s upgraded A330.

The seasonal service will offer more than 10,000 seats on the route and is expected to drive tourism by creating a new option for travellers from the Hokkaido region to experience summer in Australia.

Flights are on sale now.

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