All Nippon Airways (ANA), the largest five-star airline in Japan for seven consecutive years, said Tuesday it will begin flights to Tokyo-Istanbul beginning in the summer of 2020, making it the first Japanese carrier to fly directly to the largest metropolis in Turkey.
Istanbul is one of five cities to which ANA will deploy flights from Tokyo Haneda International Airport (HND) starting in the summer of 2020 as its international network is expanding. Milan, Moscow, Shenzhen, and Stockholm are the other four cities.
In addition to seven routes from Narita Airport to Haneda Airport, these five new routes will be introduced. A Japanese airline's first non-stop flights will be flights to Istanbul, Shenzhen, and Stockholm, the company said. Previous ANA flights in Milan or Moscow had been transited, but this will be the first time either city is the ultimate destination.
Tickets are going to go on sale in mid-December, ANA said, while in the coming days the flight schedule and service start date will be revealed.
Due to its proximity to downtown Tokyo, travelers generally prefer Haneda over Narita. Although Narita needs a one-hour train ride to reach the area, it is much closer to Haneda and allows for shorter travel times. The government has recently permitted additional international flights to Haneda.
ANA will also increase the frequency of Haneda-Los Angeles and Haneda-Sydney routes in addition to these new services from Haneda Airport. The Delhi, Houston, Los Angeles, San Jose, Seattle, and Washington D.C. were also told. Routes from the Narita International Airport will be moved. Such new Haneda slots increase the number of international flights provided by ANA during the local daytime hours.
The ANA Group, which was established in 1952, carried 54.4 million passengers in 2018. There are about 43,000 staff in the company and a fleet of 260 aircraft.
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