An increase in daytime flight arrivals to Haneda, Tokyo’s nearest airport, is inspiring more travel to and within Japan, and was among several elements to set faces smiling at the “new look” Japanese pavilion at ITB Berlin 2017.
In October, daytime services to Tokyo Haneda International Airport launched from ANA (All Nippon Airways), and Delta Air Lines. Added to these, JAL (Japan Airlines), United Airlines, American Airlines, and Hawaiian Airlines have now switched from nighttime to daytime flight schedules, making Haneda the most accessible airport to the heart of Tokyo. Furthermore, Japan Airlines has confirmed it is opening a new direct flight route between Haneda Airport and John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York starting April 1, 2017.
With the schedule change, visitors can now easily jump on a train at the Haneda Airport International Terminal to quickly and inexpensively access the heart of Tokyo. Previously, when the flights were operated at night, landing times did not coincide with public transportation systems around the airport, making travel by rail difficult.
The new flights also make it easier for international travelLers to make connections to the more than 50 domestic flights that depart from the Haneda Airport daily.
In the past year Japan’s top cities have received unprecedented recognition, making the country a travel hotspot.
In the past year Japan’s top cities have received unprecedented recognition, making the country a travel hotspot. In October 2016, Condé Nast Traveler’s 2016 Readers’ Choice Awards named Tokyo and Kyoto the number one and two best cities in the world, respectively. Famed chef and TV personality Anthony Bourdain added extra spotlight to the country with a food tour of Japan with renowned sushi chef Masayoshi Takayama, which was showcased in a November episode of CNN’s popular series Parts Unknown. Amid that backdrop, more flight options to Tokyo’s nearest airport further opened the country up to travellers.
Yayoi Kubota, official representative of ITB Berlin (Messe Berlin) for Japan, told ITB Berlin News that the newly redesigned Japanese pavilion attracted a lot of positive attention at the show, and the new tourism dynamic of the nation was strongly felt by all trade visitors.