FDA to Connect Nagoya with Hanamaki and Aomori as Part of Earthquake Recovery

FDA to Connect Nagoya with Hanamaki and Aomori as Part of Earthquake Recovery

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On May 11, Makinohara, Shizuoka Prefecture-based Fuji Dream Airlines Co., Ltd. (FDA) announced that it will fly regular flights on two routes connecting prefecturally operated Nagoya Airport (also known as Komaki Airport) in Komaki, Aichi Prefecture with Iwate Hanamaki Airport in Hanamaki, Iwate Prefecture and Aomori Airport in Aomori, Aomori Prefecture.

FDA said this is part of its effort to help the Tohoku region recover from the serious damage incurred by the Tohoku Pacific Earthquake. Flights on the Nagoya-Iwate Hanamaki route will be every Saturday and Sunday from May 21 through June 11, while a Thursday flight will be added from June 16 through 30. Each day will have one round-trip flight. Regular one-way fare for adults will be JPY 29,800. The airline will also set fares for passengers flying between Fukuoka and Iwate Hanamaki (with a connection in Nagoya). Flight schedules for July onward will be announced once they are determined. The airline plans to start Nagoya-Aomori flights in July but scheduling details are still forthcoming. FDA plans to start flying both routes by August 1.

Last fall, Japan Air Lines Co., Ltd. (JAL) withdrew from routes connecting Chubu International Airport with Iwate Hanamaki and Aomori Airports. According to FDA, the company decided to operate its new routes after considering demand when JAL flew these two routes and anticipated demand due to recovery efforts in disaster-stricken areas. It has also been reported the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) processed approval for the routes more quickly than usual out of disaster relief considerations.