|1996||Nov||The company is established in Chuo Ward, Sapporo, with JPY 14 million in capital.|
|1997||Jan||Headquarters moves to Dotsu Building, Kita 5 Nishi 6, Chuo Ward, Sapporo.|
|Apr||New Tokyo Branch (present-day Tokyo Office) is established in Ota Ward, Tokyo.|
|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||Mar||Headquarters moves to its present-day location of Oak Sapporo Building, Kita 1 Nishi 2, Chuo Ward, Sapporo.|
|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||The company announces that it has started civil rehabilitation proceedings in the Tokyo District Court.|
|Sep||The company presents a rehabilitation plan to the Tokyo District Court.|
|Dec||Approval of the rehabilitation plan is confirmed.
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.|
|Mar||Capital increases to JPY 2,233 million (second rehabilitation increase).|
|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 expands to thirteen aircraft and 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||Jul||The specially painted BearDo Hokkaido Jet goes into service.|
|Oct||The AIRDO ONLINE Service, the first service among airlines to allow boarding using LINE, begins.|
|Nov||The company celebrates its 20th anniversary.|
|2017||Oct||The company ceases its flight routes between Sapporo and Hiroshima.|
|2018||Mar||The company ceases its flight routes between Sapporo and Okayama.|
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.