JAPAN: JAL gives Haneda announcement thumbs up

Japan’s transport ministry has announced that international scheduled flights may begin operating from Haneda Airport (formally Tokyo International Airport) from 31 October 2010. It also announced that the airport’s fourth runway and new international passenger terminal will be opened for use from 21 October 2010. “The launch of more international routes from Haneda Airport and […]


Japan’s transport ministry has announced that international scheduled flights may begin operating from Haneda Airport (formally Tokyo International Airport) from 31 October 2010. It also announced that the airport’s fourth runway and new international passenger terminal will be opened for use from 21 October 2010.

“The launch of more international routes from Haneda Airport and its latest international passenger terminal is strategically important to JAL, and we are delighted at the announcement,” said JAL Group president and COO, Masaru Onishi.

“From 31 October 2010, Japan Airlines plans to start flying from Haneda to San Francisco, Honolulu, Paris, Bangkok and Taipei (Songshan). These routes were in operation up until 1978, and will be restored this October after 30 years. On the same day, current scheduled-charter flights to Seoul, Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong will be officially converted to scheduled flights and passengers can look forward to more convenience.

“Additionally, we plan to deepen our codeshare partnership with fellow oneworld Alliance member, American Airlines, including on its allotted Haneda-New York route, so as to strategically expand our network for the benefit of both our customers. The JAL Group will make full use of the increase in international flight capacity at Haneda to enhance customer service and strive towards the swift recovery of the JAL Group,” Onishi said.