Starting March 30 next year, Japanese carrier All Nippon Airways will have a nonstop flight to Vancouver, Canada from Haneda Airport in Tokyo. A daily round-trip flight will be flown using the 214-seat Boeing 767-300ER jets. While Air Canada, a Star Alliance of ANA already has existing flights from Vancouver to Tokyo, its landing site is at the Narita International Airport, which is much farther from downtown than Haneda.
The Haneda Airport is proving to be the preferred option for many fliers coming from and going to Tokyo even for its domestic flights. ANA “intends to promote itself as having the most international slots among national carriers at the airport, which is close to central Tokyo and provides easy access to domestic flights.” Because of the partnership between ANA and Air Canada, it is expected that the two Tokyo-Vancouver flights will be valuable to both carriers. People flying from Haneda to Vancouver will have greater access to other North American flights offered by Air Canada while those coming from Vancouver to Narita will have access to ANA’s other Asian destinations.
ANA also announced that it will soon discontinue its nonstop flights from Tokyo Narita to London‘s Heathrow Airport but did not state the reason for such. It however, said that it would continue to codeshare its flights from the two airports with Virgin Atlantic.
[via USA Today]
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