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Hong Kong Airlines restarts Sapporo flights

Hong Kong Airlines will be flying three times a week to Sapporo.

Hong Kong Airlines will be flying to Japan's Sapporo by the end of the week, the airline has confirmed.

After a two-year hiatus while both Hong Kong and Japan locked down, the airline is finally reviving its popular services with both Sapporo and Okinawa.

Flights to Okinawa, known locally as the ‘Hawaii of Japan’ for its sun-drenched islands, began earlier this week. Sapporo, meanwhile, is the gateway to some of the world's most popular ski destinations. Three flights a week to the city's New Chitose airport will restart on November 4 and flight frequency to both destinations is expected to ramp-up from three-times weekly to a daily service in December.

Delighted as residents are to be free to travel again it seems the shadow cast by Covid is long. On the first flight to Okinawa yesterday passengers were presented with a complimentary sanistising gift set containing masks, spray and wipes. A salient reminder perhaps that parts of Asia are still grappling with their ‘new normal’.

The flight schedule with Okinawa sees three flights a week until December 15, from when a daily service will be offered. Flights to Sapporo will run three times a week until December 1 when the daily service takes over.

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