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‘Booming’ Japan travel behind new Qantas route

Qantas unveils Sydney Osaka

Responding to a boom in travel between Australia and Japan, Qantas has unveiled a new seasonal route between Sydney and Osaka Kansai International Airport.


Operating from 14 December 2017 until 24 March 2018, the three-times weekly service will utilise the carrier’s upgraded two-class Airbus A330 aircraft and will be only direct flight between the cities.




The new route joins the carrier’s Sydney-Tokyo (Haneda), Brisbane-Tokyo (Narita) and Melbourne-Tokyo (Narita) services, and according to the airline, will provide good onward travel opportunities at both ends of the route through its large domestic and trans-Tasman networks and Jetstar Japan’s extensive domestic network.


“This December we celebrate 70 years of flying to Japan and we’re delighted to add another destination to the growing list of services Qantas operates between the two countries at a time when travel to Japan is booming,” Qantas International CEO Gareth Evans said.


“Our commitment to the Japanese market is reflective of the strength of this growth, which we are very well placed to support with the largest Australia-Japan network, the largest domestic network in Australia, and the largest low-cost domestic network across Japan through Jetstar Japan.


“For Australian travelers, this service will appeal to those looking to explore the historic Kansai region and the surrounding areas. And with a number of exciting events being hosted in Japan in coming years, including the 2019 Rugby World Cup and the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, we are expecting to see travel between the two countries grow well into the future.”


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Written by: Mark Harada
Published: 28 July 2017

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