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Hokkaido International Airlines, also known as Air Do, is a Japanese low-cost carrier. Its main base is at Tokyo's Haneda Airport, from where it operates services various cities to Hokkaido, northern Japan.
Location of Air Do main hub (Tokyo Haneda Airport)
LCCs will continue to evolve into hybrids of the original core model. CAPA and OAG consider Air Do fits the LCC profile and it is included in our reporting on this basis. Please note: when reporting for an airline is changed from or to LCC the historical data is not affected and it can lead to a distortion in the current reported data. Contact us if you have any queries.
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