Aviation Attraction Fund lands additional flights to Tokyo

The New South Wales government’s $60m aviation attraction fund has secured another airline partner with Japan Airlines committing to two new flights a week from Tokyo International Airport in Sydney from October 2022.

Tourism Minister Ben Franklin said Japan is an important trading partner for NSW with huge potential for future growth.

“New South Wales is poised to welcome more Japanese visitors to our shores and more airline seats will play a vital role in achieving that outcome. With this new daily offer from Japan Airlines from Sydney to Haneda Airport, we can confidently rebuild and exceed pre-pandemic levels of visits from Japan,” said Franklin.

“Having established a commercial hub in the heart of Tokyo, we have embarked on an even stronger relationship, and it is exciting to see more opportunities for more visitors to NSW in the months to come.”

Ross Leggett, Deputy Senior Vice President – Route Marketing, International Relations and Alliances at Japan Airlines, said he was delighted to partner with the Government of NSW and Sydney Airport in the common goal of increase the number of visitors to NSW, not just from Japan, but from across the airline’s global network.

“This year marks the 53rd year of uninterrupted Japan Airlines services between Tokyo and Sydney, and with this partnership, we intend to continue our mission to provide unparalleled levels of service, comfort and safety to all of our customers,” said Mr. Leggett.

Sydney Airport CEO Geoff Culbert said Japan has long been one of our most important and popular routes.

“We are delighted to support the recovery of this route through our co-investment with the NSW Government Aviation Attraction Fund,” Mr Culbert said.

The NSW Government’s 2030 Visitor Economy Strategy identifies Japan as one of the top 10 core markets and before COVID-19 Japan ranked 5e in NSW for visitors, and 7efor nights and expenses.

In the year ending December 2019, NSW welcomed 202,000 Japanese visitors, who stayed 3.4 million nights and spent around $385 million.

“The New South Wales government opened applications for the Aviation Attraction Fund program in February with the aim of building aviation capacity across the state,” Franklin said.

“Sydney is the gateway to NSW, so supporting the return of air links through the Aviation Attraction Fund will be key to our recovery roadmap and achieving our goal of making NSW the number one tourism economy in the world. ‘Asia Pacific.

“Visitors from Japan will make a strong contribution to the New South Wales Government’s target of $65 billion in visitor spending by 2030 and its vision of making New South Wales the Asia-Pacific tourism economy. »

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Keith P. Plain