Japan Airlines and Nippon Airways to expand flights bound for Europe and U.S. from Haneda
As of next March, Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines will expand their number of flights between Tokyo’s Haneda Airport and US and European destinations.
Their changes, confirmed on Tuesday, was due to increasing slots for international airport flights.
The major airlines seek to draw new tourists from the United States, Europe, and beyond by delivering more airport facilities near to the capital city centre, as well as domestic flights.
ANA will shift flights from Chiba Prefecture to Washington and three other US cities to Haneda. New flights are also being conducted between Haneda and Milan, Stockholm and other places.
In the meantime, JAL will transfer five U.S.-Japanese flights from Narita, including one to and from Hawaii to Haneda. It will also begin flying to Helsinki and Los Angeles.
Both airlines stated that Narita’s declines in flights would be temporary and will seek to expand airport services in the future.
JAL President Yuji Akasaka told a Tuesday news conference that the carrier intends to use Narita Airport as an intersection with the US.
New Haneda regulations would require airlines in March next year to fly over the middle of Tokyo. There will be introduced a minimum of 50 slots per day to accommodate foreign visitors for daytime flight services before the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics, thus providing locals cause for concern over noise pollution.