KLM is planning to start three-times-weekly flights between Amsterdam and the southern Japanese city of Fukuoka from April 3 next year.
This will be the first direct flight between Europe and the Japanese city since 1993, according to Airlineroute.net.
Flight KL869 will leave Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport at 1440 on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday and arrive in Fukuoka the next day at 0820. The return leg will leave at 1025 on Monday, Thursday and Saturday, landing back in Amsterdam at 1505.
Flights will be operated by a B777-200ER seating 318 passengers, with 35 in business class and 283 in economy class. Earlier this year, the airline launched a non-stop flight from Amsterdam to Taipei with the same type of aircraft (see story here).
KLM said the new flight would help to further trade ties between Japan and the Netherlands, along with other locations in Europe.
“With this new destination Japanese passengers have more access to Amsterdam and other European destinations beyond this hub,” said Pieter Elbers, KLM’s chief operating officer.
The flight also allows inbound passengers from Europe access to an important economic area of Japan. Fukuoka and the surrounding Kyushu region are a hub for metal processing and the manufacture of chemicals and semi-conductors.
It has a sizeable automobile manufacturing industry with Nissan Motors, Toyota Motor Kyushu and Daihatsu Kyushu all located there. Nearby Kitakyushu also has a large scale manufacturing industry.
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