Tokyo’s Haneda airport has resumed comprehensive international operations for the first time in thirty-two years, with services operating or planned to seventeen cities including Singapore, Paris and New York.
The first flight, a Japan Airlines plane departing for San Francisco marked the resumption of the airport’s comprehensive international services.
The expanded international services at Haneda airport will enhance convenience for people living in the Tokyo metropolitan area.
The new international services follows the completion of a fourth runway, 2 500 meters in length, and a new international terminal building.
Flights to close destinations such as China will operate at Haneda during the daytime, while flights to Europe, the United States and Southeast Asia will take place in the late evening and early morning when Narita does not operate.
Haneda could also prompt more Japanese tourists to go overseas from Japan and foreign tourists to visit places outside Tokyo, as it is the largest hub for domestic flights, serving about 50 routes in Japan.
Overseas destinations to be linked with Haneda will be expanded to Bangkok, Taipei, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Kota Kinabalu, London, Honolulu, Detroit, San Francisco and Vancouver from the current Beijing, Hong Kong, Seoul and Shanghai.
JAL flew to San Francisco as the first international flight by a Japanese carrier from Haneda in 1954, as Haneda served both domestic and international flights. The airliner continued operating the San Francisco route from Narita airport from 1978 in accordance with its opening as the primary international gateway for Tokyo.