Qantas has launched the first direct flight from Sydney to Osaka to capitalise on the booming tourism market between Australia and Japan. The move is aimed at attracting Japanese tourists seeking southern sun and Australians seeking the winter slopes. The flights would operate between December 14 and March 24 and would use its upgraded two-class Airbus A330 aircraft.

“This December we celebrate 70 years of flying to Japan and we’re delighted to add another destination to the growing list of services Qantas operates between the two countries at a time when travel to Japan is booming. Our commitment to the Japanese market is reflective of the strength of this growth, which we are very well placed to support with the largest Australia-Japan network, the largest domestic network in Australia and the largest low-cost domestic network across Japan through Jetstar Japan,” said Qantas International CEO Gareth Evans.

Presently, Qantas flies from Sydney and Melbourne to Tokyo (Narita) and Jetstar flies Cairns-Osaka and operates flights from both Cairns and the Gold Coast to Tokyo (Narita).

“With the new free trade agreement in place, the new route opens up more opportunities for companies to explore and build business in new regions, further strengthening the trade relationship.”  Evans added.