Philippine Airlines launched flights between Manila and Sapporo Chitose on 7 December, with the latter becoming the airline’s sixth route to Japan from the Philippines capital. Pictured posing with the inaugural flight crew and the classic route launch cake, highlighting that the sector will be flown using A321neos, are Koji Haneda, Ambassador of Japan to the Philippines, and Jaime Bautista, President & COO, Philippine Airlines. No other operator serves the route.
- Philippine Airlines launched its sixth route to Japan from Manila (MNL) on 7 December, inaugurating a three times weekly link to Sapporo Chitose (CTS). The carrier will operate the 3,710-kilometre sector on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, with the route poised to be flown using the airline’s A321neos based on Flightradar24.com data. No other carrier presently links the Philippines capital with Sapporo Chitose. Along with this new route, the airline also links Manila to Fukuoka, Nagoya, Osaka Kansai, plus Tokyo’s Haneda and Narita airports. According to OAG Traffic Analyser data, just over 21,000 passengers travelled indirectly between Manila and Sapporo Chitose in 2017, a rise of 6.2% versus the 19,700 passengers that flew between the two airports in 2016.