Virgin Australia to Launch Non-Stop Flights Between Tokyo and Cairns in 2023

December 14, 2022

Virgin Australia is launching a new route between Tokyo Haneda (HND) and Cairns, Queensland (CNS) which will start on June 28th, 2023 according to the airline.

This first ever route is being launched in partnership with the Queensland Government and Cairns Airport through the Queensland Government’s Attracting Aviation Investment Fund.

To commemorate the carrier is launching a ‘Hello Tokyo’ sale with return fares from as low as $699, on sale until December 20th, 2022 at midnight or until sold out.

Virgin Australia Group Chief Executive Officer, Jayne Hrdlicka said:

“I’m thrilled to announce the launch of our brand-new daily, year-round Cairns-Haneda service with VA77 taking off on 28 June next year. We’re excited to offer our guests access directly into and out of Tokyo’s Haneda Airport, on new fuel-efficient aircraft.”

“Virgin Australia is a proud Queensland company and we’re delighted to add over 2,000 seats between these iconic destinations every week which means more value and choice for Australians wanting to travel to Japan.  Importantly, it also means welcoming more Japanese tourists into the Sunshine State to enjoy our unrivalled natural wonders like the Great Barrier Reef and Whitsunday Islands. 

“We know the Japanese market is hugely important to trade and tourism in Far North Queensland and the Sunshine State and our service will result in more international visitors arriving in Cairns every year, having a very positive impact on the State’s economy.”

Statement by Queensland Minister for Tourism, Stirling Hinchliffe:

“Japan is an important part of our inbound international tourism recovery plan for iconic destinations like Cairns and Tropical North Queensland.”

ANA EVP of Alliances & International Affairs, Mr. Junichiro Miyagawa said:

“As a strategic and significant partner to ANA, we are excited for Virgin Australia's inaugural flight to Haneda that enhances our commercial partnership. We are delighted to welcome passengers with the mutual goal of both airlines serving as the bridge between Australia and Japan with the highest levels of customer service and offering unique customer experiences in the two countries."

The daily Cairns-Tokyo service is scheduled to start on Wednesday, June 28th, 2023 with the following flights and times:

  • VA77 departs Cairns at 1:15 PM to reach Tokyo at 8 PM
  • VA78 departs Tokyo at 9:45 PM to reach Cairns at 6:15 AM the following morning
  • Tickets can be booked now on

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