More Int'l Commercial Flights at Haneda Airport with New and Reinstated Routes

More Int'l Commercial Flights at Haneda Airport with New and Reinstated Routes

American Airlines' Boeing 777 that will fly the Haneda-JFK route.

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There have been more international commercial flights at Haneda Airport since April.

Although some of the airlines from around the world operating international commercial flights at the airport since its internationalization in October 2010 have reduced flight volume or suspended/abandoned routes for reasons including the slump in demand caused by last year's Great East Japan Earthquake and high oil prices, in May they are continuing to bring back suspended routes and establish new ones.

On April 27, U.S.-based Delta Air Lines, Inc. (IATA code: DL) reinstated its Haneda-Detroit route that it suspended last September. Likewise, U.S.-based American Airlines, Inc. (AA) also plans to reopen its suspended Haneda-New York route on June 2. Although both decisions to suspend routes were made according to the carriers' plans, they will add multiple flights to the routes to meet recovering travel demand as the peak summer travel season approaches.

Meanwhile other airlines are also offering significantly more seats on international routes serving Haneda: new service on Indonesia-based PT Garuda Indonesia Tbk's (GA) Denpasar, Bali route; an increase from three weekly flights to five since March on Malaysia-based AirAsia X's (D7) existing Kuala Lumpur route, with daily service to follow starting June 22; and more.

At present, 2 Japanese carriers and 15 foreign airlines operate international commercial flights connecting Haneda Airport with 17 cities across the globe. As of April, maximum flight volume per day is 55 flights. The breakdown is as follows: 45 to Asia (outside Japan); 7 to North America (including Hawaii); 3 to Europe.