History

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.