factsonly From Montserrat, joined Aug 2012, 573 posts, RR: 0 Posted (8 months 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 7755 times:
Today the City of Fukuoka on Japan's Southern Island of Kyushu gains its first non-stop air link to Europe, as KLM opens a 3x/weekly B772 service to AMS this morning. The AMS-FUK-AMS flight is codeshared with Air France.
This non-stop flight is in addition to existing KLM codeshares from FUK to AMS on Korean via Seoul and China Airlines via Taipei.
infinit From Singapore, joined Jul 2008, 398 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (8 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 6658 times:
Nice. SQ flies 5x weekly SIN-FUK. Heard both loads and yields are good on the route. Might fly this route sometime later in the year.
Fukuoka's been doing well economically too from what I gather. Perhaps FUK can capitalise on its close proximity to the other Northeast Asian giants, Korea and Taiwan for growth and become a mini hub of sorts?
SASMD82 From Netherlands, joined Mar 2007, 606 posts, RR: 0 Reply 5, posted (8 months 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 6539 times:
I wonder how this route will be doing. A couple of years ago KL had flights to Nagoya and Sapporo and this route was cancelled after some time. On the other hand, KL has added capacity to KIX and NRT continuously the last couple of years so maybe this route can work.
TC957 From UK - England, joined May 2012, 528 posts, RR: 0 Reply 7, posted (8 months 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 6215 times:
No, LH never served FUK. I use this airport every year during my annual Japan visits and it's a great airport to use, also enjoy a day's spotting there when I can.
Whilst the international terminal is seperate on the other side of the runway from the domestic terminal it's only a few mins on the frequent bus link. Then it's literally only two stops /6 mins to the central Hakata station for all the rail links onwards.
How handy is that compared to the distance out from the city that NRT or KIX is.
carpethead From Japan, joined Aug 2004, 2876 posts, RR: 4 Reply 9, posted (8 months 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 5554 times:
Quoting PM (Reply 6): BA used to fly there from LHR
Yes, they did with 744 too. I am not 100% sure it was non-stop though. It may have been via HKG.
Quoting SASMD82 (Reply 5): A couple of years ago KL had flights to Nagoya and Sapporo
Actually, it's more like 10 years ago that they discontinued that run. Still I would have thought AF or KL would serve NGO first than FUK, but I suppose AY & LH beat them there and there's no sense getting into a blood bath at NGO.
LJ From Netherlands, joined Nov 1999, 4326 posts, RR: 0 Reply 10, posted (8 months 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 5308 times:
Quoting carpethead (Reply 9):
Actually, it's more like 10 years ago that they discontinued that run.
Indeed, it didn't even made it to the end of W11.
Quoting carpethead (Reply 9): Still I would have thought AF or KL would serve NGO first than FUK, but I suppose AY & LH beat them there and there's no sense getting into a blood bath at NGO.
Probably more to do with the numer of pax they see connecting at ICN than LH and AY. AFAIK AY has been on this route for a few years (and LH even longer), thus KL knows how much passengers it could get to/from NGO (and FUK). Moreover doesn't Nissan have its logistics division somewhere around FUK?
I've been to Fukuoka a couple of times and it's a very pleasant city, cosmopolitan, laid back and very Japanese at the same time. Not to mention that it's a great base to explore Kyushu from. You've got great onsens like Yufuin, Beppu and Kurokawa, mountains like Mt Aso, and interesting cities like Nagasaki, Kumamoto and Sasebo just a stone's throw away.