Regular International Flights Kick Off at Haneda Airport - Approx. 50 Daily Flights by Feb. 2011

Regular International Flights Kick Off at Haneda Airport - Approx. 50 Daily Flights by Feb. 2011

Traditional Lion Dance Shishimai was performed at the gate function of Cathay Pacific's Haneda-Hong Kong inaugural flight.

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Japanese and overseas airlines began operating regular international flights to Haneda Airport on October 31, increasing the number of routes between the airport and international destinations from 4 cities to 11.

On October 21, Haneda opened its new runway and international passenger terminal in the international section of the airport to "internationalize" itself, although until recently there had been some "regular charter flights" on routes to East Asia from the old international terminal. Airlines have opened and reopened routes with the start of the winter flight schedule on October 31.

A Japan Air Lines (JAL) flight to San Francisco departing at 12:04 a.m. and an All Nippon Airways (ANA) flight departing for Los Angeles at 12:07 a.m. kicked off the first flights. New routes were also opened to Paris (JAL), Taipei Songshan Airport (China Airlines, Eva Air), Hong Kong (Cathay Pacific Airways), Singapore (Singapore Airlines) and Bangkok (Thai Airways International).

Management from the airlines have all been emphasizing that booking rates for the new routes to Haneda have been generally positive. They have also pointed out that the airport is attractive for its convenient location near downtown Tokyo and that they expect further growth on Tokyo routes including those to Narita.

As of November 1, international flights are connecting Haneda Airport with destinations in 11 cities: Seoul, Taipei, Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Singapore, Bangkok, Paris, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Honolulu. In February 2011, routes will also open to New York, Detroit, Vancouver, Kuala Lumpur, Kota Kinabalu and London for a total of 17 cities. By February Haneda is forecast to handle about 50 international flights per day.