Integrated operations begin at 7 Hokkaido airports

Hokkaido Airport Co., Ltd. CEO Gamo Takeshi reports on the completion of privatization of the 7 airports at a press conference. Afternoon of March 1, New Chitose Airport

 Hokkaido Airports Co., Ltd. (HAP, Chitose) began operation of runways and the like at 5 airports in Hokkaido – at Hakodate, Kushiro, Obihiro, Memanbetsu and Wakkanai – on March 1, as transfer integration of operations of airport buildings and the airports themselves was completed at all 7 Hokkaido airports subject to privatization. On the same day, HAP also introduced new services, increased domestic flights and a landing-fee discount system for international flights at 5 airports.

 At a press conference at New Chitose Airport on the 1st, HAP CEO Gamo Takeshi expressed his determination, saying “Airport management during the Coronavirus pandemic has been difficult but we will become a company that is indispensable in Hokkaido.”

  HAP began the collective operation of 7 airport buildings in January last year, with integration of operations being transferred in advance at New Chitose in June and at Asahikawa in October. Landing-fee discount systems for international flights have already been introduced at New Chitose and Asahikawa airports.

 Work at the “Hokkaido Operation Center” (HOC), established within the HAP company to oversee management of operations and terminal building facilities at the 7 Hokkaido airports, began in earnest on March 1. The centralized management of information regarding weather, flight cancellations and the operating status of secondary transportation such as trains and buses at the 7 airports will also be carried out at HOC in future, with information being shared via a 24-hour teleconference system to the offices at the 6 airports other than New Chitose. The center will also be responsible for the initial response to disasters at each airport.