Junior1970 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 156 posts, RR: 0 Posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 2173 times:
Whatever happened to the KLM services to Nagoya and Sapporo in Japan ? Why were they cancelled ?
If my memory serves me right, these services didn't seem to last long. (Both no longer then 2 summers ?????).
KLM decided to focus on 2 big hubs, Tokyo and Osaka ?
AA B777-200 From Netherlands, joined Mar 2001, 506 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2043 times:
I know KLM was doing pretty well on the AMS-CTS-NGO flights, but since yields were low the first downsized the 747-400 to a MD11.
I think I read somewhere that KLM was only granted NGO rights if they served BOTH CTS and NGO and in the end that was NOT attractive.
They pulled out the 4 times weekly flight and decided to use the jets on more profitable routes.
KIX sees a daily 747-400 (mix of both -combi and -full pax) and so does NRT, where KLM flies a mix of 777s and 747s.
Since AF doens't fly to NGO either, maybe someday they will return.... Who can tell!
Trvlr From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 4430 posts, RR: 20
Reply 2, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2026 times:
It was pretty cool seeing a European carrier in CTS. NGO used to have fairly extensive European service, with BA, AF, KL, and LH. Lufthansa still operates to Frankfurt, and I think JAL might still fly to London.
I think it's quite possible we'll see one or two European carriers back to Nagoya once the new airport opens.
Carpethead From Japan, joined Aug 2004, 3008 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 1721 times:
Firstly, current NGO only has a 2,740m runway which limits payload on those long trans-Siberian routes. CTS has a cooler climate and a 3,000m runway which allows a better payload capability, hence the routing via CTS.
Initially, the AMS-NGO was twice-weekly with 744/74E but increased to four-weekly M11 before being cancelled Jan. 2002.