|1996||Nov||The company is established in Chuo Ward, Sapporo, with JPY 14 million in capital.|
|1998||Oct||The company is granted an air transport services route license by the Ministry of Transport.|
|Dec||The company starts operating round trip flights between Tokyo and Sapporo three times a day.|
|2000||Jul||Using two aircraft, the company starts operating round trip flights between Tokyo and Sapporo six times a day.|
|Dec||The company reaches its one millionth passenger.|
|2002||Jun||An application for bankruptcy protection under the Civil Rehabilitation Law is filed with the Tokyo District Court.|
|Dec||Confirmation of the rehabilitation plan becomes final and binding.
The company implements a total capital reduction and its first rehabilitation increase of JPY 2,000 million.
|2003||Feb||The company begins domestic codesharing with All Nippon Airways on its Sapporo-Tokyo route.|
|Jul||The company adds a flight route between Asakikawa and Tokyo.|
|Sep||Capital increases to JPY 2,325 million (third rehabilitation increase).|
|2005||Mar||The company adds a flight route between Hakodate and Tokyo.|
|Aug||The company reaches its five millionth passenger.|
|2006||Feb||The company adds a flight route between Memanbetsu and Tokyo.|
|Aug||The company is made a designated domestic air carrier.|
|2007||Mar||The company acquires certification as a aircraft maintenance and inspection organization as well as a certificate of continued airworthiness.|
|Dec||The My AIRDO website member service begins.|
|2008||Nov||The company adds a flight route between Sapporo and Sendai.
The company reaches its ten millionth passenger.
|2009||Apr||The company adds a flight route between Sapporo and Niigata.|
|Nov||The company adds flight routes between Sapporo and Fukushima, Toyama, and Komatsu.|
|2011||Mar||The company expands to ten aircraft and adds a flight route between Obihiro and Tokyo.|
|2012||Oct||The company changes its name to AIRDO Co., Ltd.|
|Nov||The company operates its first charter flight (between Obihiro and Nagasaki).|
|2013||Mar||The company adds flight routes between Kushiro and Tokyo, and between Sapporo and Okayama.|
|Jun||The company adds a flight route between Sapporo and Kobe.|
|2014||Jul||The company reaches its twenty millionth passenger.|
|Nov||The company acquires permission to do business in East Asia
The company operates its first international charter flight (between Sapporo and Taipei).
|Dec||The company receives an order of business improvement from Japan's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism.|
|2015||Mar||The company ceases its flight routes between Sapporo and Fukushima, Niigata, Toyama, and Komatsu.|
|Oct||The corporate AIRDO Biz service begins.
The company adds flight routes between Sapporo and Nagoya, Sapporo and Hiroshima, and Hakodate and Nagoya.
|Nov||An international charter flight (between Memanbetsu/Kushiro and Kaohsiung) goes into service.|
|2016||Nov||The company celebrates its 20th anniversary of its establishment.|
|2017||Oct||The company ceases its flight routes between Sapporo and Hiroshima.|
|2018||Mar||The company ceases its flight routes between Sapporo and Okayama.|
|Dec||The company celebrates its 20th anniversary in service.|
|2019||May||The company reaches its thirty millionth passenger.|
|2020||Feb||An international charter flight (between Obihiro and Taipei) goes into service.|
|2021||May||A "Letter of Intent" related to the establishment of a joint holding company with Solaseed Air Inc. is concluded.|
|Jul||Capital decreases to JPY 100 million.|
|Dec||ROKONJET HOKKAIDO, a specially painted aircraft goes into service.|
The Story Behind the Company's Founding
The residents and businesses of Hokkaido felt it would be beneficial not only to Hokkaido, but to Japan as a whole, to reduce their dependence on the rest of the country and pursue the boundless possibilities offered by the prefecture.
Hokkaido is rich in natural resources and constitutes 22% of Japan's total area. With a population of 5.6 million people, we believe its position of importance will only increase in the future -- as a food-supplying region, particularly of agricultural products, seafood, and dairy; as an energy-producing region; and as a manufacturing region involved in diverse industries. And we felt that the key to that was transportation access between Hokkaido and Honshu.
80% of movement and transportation between Hokkaido and Tokyo relies on aircraft, and flights take a little over an hour and a half, but economically, Hokkaido was still far removed from the nation's largest metropolis.
In 1997, the Ministry of Transport relaxed its restrictions to introduce greater competition in the future airline industry, authorizing new carriers to offer regular domestic flights.
Business entrepreneurs in Hokkaido seized upon this opportunity and established the airline AIRDO.
We believe that the increase in overall demand for air transport that we aim to achieve through the revitalization of Hokkaido's economy and the lowering of fares will bring great economic benefits, including an increase in productivity and more employment.