By Andy Sambidge
Gulf carrier says it will begin daily flights to Tokyo’s Haneda Airport from June 18
Qatar Airways has announced that it will begin daily flights to Tokyo’s Haneda Airport, the airline’s third destination in Japan.
The airline will offer non-stop flights from its hub in Doha operating with a Boeing 787 Dreamliner from June 18.
Haneda will be Qatar Airways’ third route to Japan following Osaka, which began in March 2005 and Tokyo Narita in April 2010. Both Osaka and Tokyo are currently non-stop daily operations, the carrier said in a statement.
“The airline has pursued aggressive growth in the Asian market to cater to the demand of our business and leisure passengers,” said Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker.
“Haneda is a key gateway into the city of Tokyo that will offer passengers a second option to arrive into making it more convenient. Just last year we launched four new destinations in Asia; Phnom Penh in Cambodia, Clark International Airport in the Philippines, as well as Chengdu and Hangzhou in China.”
Haneda International Airport is one of the two major airports that serve the Greater Tokyo area. In 2012, Haneda was the second busiest airport in Asia with more than 66 million passengers.
Qatar Airways currently operates to 24 destinations in Asia, with Asian destinations making up approximately 18 percent of the airline’s overall route map.
Qatar Airways will operate a Boeing 787 Dreamliner to Haneda Airport in a two-class configuration, with a total of 254 seats.