New Haneda-Chubu Route by JAL Allows Red-Eye Int'l Connections at Haneda

New Haneda-Chubu Route by JAL Allows Red-Eye Int'l Connections at Haneda

A B737-800 of JAL Group.

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Japan Airlines Co., Ltd. (JAL) will open a new domestic route on March 31 connecting Haneda Airport in Ohta Ward, Tokyo with Chubu International Airport (aka "Centrair") in Tokoname, Aichi Prefecture, outside the city of Nagoya.

Announced as part of the airline's summer flight schedule, the route will allow for connections to JAL flights on international routes for travelers arriving at and departing from Haneda Airport in the late night and early morning hours, thus adding a convenient link between the carrier's domestic and international route networks. JAL will operate one daily round-trip flight according to the following schedule:

Depart from Haneda: 8:10 a.m.

Arrive at Chubu: 9:10 a.m.

Depart from Chubu: 8:45 p.m.

Arrive at Haneda: 9:45 p.m.

The aircraft will be a Boeing 737-800 with seating for 165 passengers.

According to JAL, the new route will allow for connections to other JAL flights so that travelers can fly from Chubu to Honolulu, San Francisco, Paris, Singapore or Bangkok via Haneda; from Singapore, Bangkok or Paris to Chubu via Haneda; and round-trip between Haneda and Tianjin via Chubu.

There used to be a single domestic route connecting the Tokyo and Nagoya areas, but it was closed in 1982 due to competition from the Tokaido Shinkansen "bullet train." In 2011, Skymark Airlines Inc. (headquartered at 1 Haneda Airport, Ohta Ward, Tokyo) opened the first route between the two metropolises in 29 years when it moved to take advantage of 24 operations and late night landing slots at Haneda and Chubu airports, but it suspended the route after only four months due to sluggish demand. Now JAL hopes to spur new demand by leveraging its extensive route network.