Business travelers and tourists traveling between Japan and United States are in for good times. The daytime slots at Tokyo’s Haneda Airport for flights services to the U.S. have become operational. All Nippon Airways has launched direct flights to New York and Chicago utilizing its daytime slots at Tokyo Haneda starting from October 29, 2016. The daytime flights would be operated from 6 am to 11 pm. The two U.S. cities are being connected with direct flights for the first time by Japan’s largest carrier.
Media reports said that U.S.-bound flights from Tokyo Haneda were until now departing late at night or early morning during nighttime operation from 10 pm to 7 am. With the direct daytime departures now, the long awaited demand of tourists and business travelers has finally been fulfilled. Travel experts while commenting on the daytime operations said that this is likely to boost business and holiday travel demand across the Pacific.
A spokesperson of All Nippon Airways in a statement said that the flights on both New York-Tokyo Haneda and Chicago-Tokyo Haneda routes will be operated daily. Both the routes will also be served with the help of a Boeing 777-300ER aircraft. The airline has also announced the schedule of the winter season. According to the new schedule, flights from Tokyo Haneda will depart at 10.20 am and arrive at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport at 9 am. For flights to Chicago, the departure from Tokyo Haneda will be at 10.50 am and arrival at Chicago O’Hare International Airport will be at 7.40 am.
According to the airline, the return flight will depart from New York JFK at 4.55 pm and arrive at Tokyo Haneda at 9.10 pm. Similarly, the return flight from Chicago O’Hare will be departing at 4.15 pm and arrive at Tokyo Haneda at 8.30 pm. The new schedule has been designed such that the transit passengers would be able to use the day’s first domestic flight from major local airports for transferring at Tokyo Haneda to flights bound for Chicago or New York.