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Friday, 26th October 2012
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KLM announces new Japan route

Dutch carrier KLM has announced it is flying to a third location in Japan.

It already operates services to both Tokyo and Osaka and will now also fly passengers to Fukoka. Located on the northern shore of the island of Kyushu, it was voted as one of the 12 most livable cities in 2012 by lifestyle magazine Monocle.

As a result of the expansion, which is due to be rolled out in summer 2013, KLM will be offering a total of 21 weekly flights to Japan as the airline seeks to build on the close relationship it has with the country.

KLM stated that as an example of how strong ties are between the Netherlands and Japan, the group chose the SieboldHuis in Leiden as its yearly Delftware miniature house to commemorate KLM’s 93rd birthday.

"The SieboldHuis has a special collection of Japanese objects and is also a more general museum for Japanese culture," the carrier added.

Around 15 million people live in Fukoka and it is currently the fourth largest Japanese passenger gateway for Europe, with 16 million travellers using the airport every year. This highlights how it is strategically placed and is a vital part of the country's economy.

The new route - which is going to operate three times a week - will be serviced by a Boeing 777-200ER and it can hold up to 318 passengers - 35 in business class and 283 in economy. It will fly between Fukuoka and Amsterdam and allow people from Europe to visit Japan and vice versa.

According to Japan Guide, Fukoka has always been an important harbour city in the nation because of its closeness to South Korea. As one of Japan's top ten most populous cities, it also has plenty to offer anyone lucky enough to visit the location.

Among the main attractions in Fukoka are the Ohori Park, Canal City - a large shopping centre - and the Shofukuji Temple.

Posted by Graham McPherson