Philippine Airlines is gearing up for the opening of its thrice-weekly Manila to Sapporo (Chitose) service on December 7.
The new service was initially scheduled to launch on October 8, but the September 6 major earthquake in Hokkaido resulted in a sharp drop in passenger bookings that forced the airline to re-schedule the launch date.
The successful recovery effort by the Hokkaido Government and tourism community has enabled the airline to rebuild passenger loads to Sapporo, Hokkaido’s capital city, in time for the December tourism season.
The historic new route will be the first and only direct air link between the Philippines and Japan’s northernmost island, which is a favorite holiday tourist destination for both Japanese and foreign travelers.
Philippine Airlines will deploy its brand new 168-seater Airbus A321neo, featuring 12 full-flat seats in business class and 156 seats in economy class, on the new route to Sapporo.