First flight arrives from Incheon as scheduled international flights resume at New Chitose Airport
On July 17, scheduled international passenger flights – which had been cancelled due to the spread of coronavirus infections – resumed at New Chitose Airport for the first time in two years and four months. The first flight on the New Chitose – Incheon (Seoul) route of Korean Air, Korea’s largest airline, arrived at New Chitose Airport a little after noon that day, with 56 passengers, including business travelers, aboard. Approximately 20 employees of the local Hokkaido government and Hokkaido Airports Co., Ltd. (HAP), which operates the airport, welcomed the passengers with a banner.
There have been no scheduled international passenger flights in and out of New Chitose Airport since the last flight to Honolulu, USA, on March 25, 2020. Korean Air operated two round-trip flights per day on the New Chitose – Incheon route, but suspended services on March 8, 2020. After the resumption of services, there will be four flights per week (one round-trip per day on Thursdays and Sundays).
The first post-resumption flight arrived at New Chitose shortly after midday on March 17. Most of the passengers were business travelers and technical intern trainees, as tourists on government-approved escorted package tours for sightseeing purposes were unable to obtain visas in time.
According to HAP’s CEO, Gamo Takeshi, “The airport will do its utmost to ensure the gradual return of international flights.”
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