HAC Memanbetsu - Okadama flights resumed after eight years, 62 passengers on first day

Hokkaido Air System (HAC) regular flights connecting Memanbetsu Airport in eastern Hokkaido and Okadama Airport (Sapporo City) resumed after eight years on October 27. This was actualized by rerouting planes from other flights which HAC had reduced due to the novel coronavirus. An increase in the number of routes connecting to the central Hokkaido area is expected to increase travel for tourism, business, and local medical care services.
According to HAC, there will be three round-trip flights per week except during the New Year’s holiday season. The plane type will be a Saab 340B (36 seats). The Saab 340B planes will be replaced with new planes in a rolling schedule lasting up to next autumn.
HAC had previously stopped its flight services between Memanbetsu and Okadama in October 2012 because of business difficulties. But the demand has dropped for HAC Okadama Airport – Misawa Airport (Aomori Prefecture) flights due to the present coronavirus pandemic, so HAC reduced those flights and rerouted planes to fly between Memanbetsu and Okadama, where a demand for weekday service is expected.

Travel industry employees see passengers off with a special banner
Passengers boarding the first resumed flight from Okadama to Memanbetsu

Location

Okadama Airport (Sapporo City)

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