The New Chitose Airport is Japan's third busiest airport after Narita and Haneda. The route between Haneda and Chitose is the busiest air route in the world with dozens of jumbo jets flying between the cities.
The airport has two semicircular terminals, one for domestic and one for international flights. The New Chitose Airport opened in 1991 and replaces the nearby Chitose Airport which is now used as an air force base only; all commercial flights have moved to the New Chitose Airport.
The airport is mostly used for domestic flights but there are a few international flights as well, mostly to China, Korea and Taiwan.
The airport is located just 5km to the southeast of Chitose.
The New Chitose Airport has its own train station on the Chitose Line. Express trains run between the airport and Sapporo station. The ride will take about 40 minutes and a one-way ticket will cost just over JPY 1000.
Alternatively, taxis and airport shuttle buses are available to various destinations in the region.
All prices quoted here were found in July 2017
New Chitose Airport is not a large airport so there are not many flights departing here. There are only a few destinations that you can reach from New Chitose Airport, most of these are operated by Japan Airlines. Many people take a flight to Tokyo and transfer to another flight there.