All Nippon Airways (ANA) will start operating most of its flights from Tokyo to the United States from Haneda Airport (HND) rather than Narita International Airport (NRT). Historically Narita has always been the place where flights from American have landed due to a limited number of slots being available at Haneda.
This is good news for international visitors, as Haneda is significantly closer to downtown Tokyo (22.2km, 13.79 miles) and is easily reached using the Tokyo Monorail. Narita International Airport, meanwhile, is located 60 kilometers (37.28 miles) east of central Tokyo and takes roughly an hour to get to by train.
Haneda is getting the premium routes
Currently, the Japanese government is encouraging airlines to use Haneda for their premium routes leaving Narita for low-cost carriers and leisure airlines. By doing this, a dozen slots were opened up at Haneda and were shared between Hawaiian Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines.
Japanese airlines were also given new slots at Haneda and encouraged to shift their American routes to the more convenient airport. In total, Japanese airlines received 12 daytime slots at Haneda for their American bound flights, with Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways given six each.
ANA has received six new slots at Haneda
Utilizing its new slots at Haneda, ANA will offer six new flights to the United States, replacing many of the previous flights from Narita.
The new flights are:
- Haneda to George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) in Houston
- Haneda to Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC)
- Haneda to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA)
- Haneda to Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD)
- Haneda to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
- Haneda to San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
Haneda to Houston
Starting March 29th, 2020, ANA will offer a daily service to Houston with a four-cabin Boeing 777-300ER.
Flight number NH114 will depart HND at 10:20 and arrive at IAH 08:40.
Flight number NH113 will depart IAD at 13:10 and arrive at HND 17:00 +1 day.
Haneda to San Jose
Starting March 29th, 2020, ANA will offer daily flights to the Silicon Valley aboard a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner.
Flight number NH120 will depart HND at 17:05 arriving in San Jose at 10:30.
Flight number NH119 will depart SJC at 12:20 and arrive at HND 15:20 + 1 day.
Haneda to Seattle
Starting March 29th, 2020, ANA will offer a daily flight from Haneda to Seattle aboard a three-cabin Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner.
Flight number NH118 will depart HND at 21:00 arriving at SEA 14:10.
Flight number NH117 will depart SEA at 16:40 arriving at HND 19:00 + 1 day.
Haneda to Washington
Starting March 29th, 2020, ANA will offer a daily flight from Haneda to Washington using a four-cabin Boeing 777-300ER. Flight number NH102 will depart Haneda at 10:55 and arrive at IAD 10:35. Flight number NH101 will depart Washington at 13:10 arriving HND 16:15 + 1 day.
Haneda to Los Angeles
At present, All Nippon Airways flies three times per day from Japan to Los Angeles, with two flights from Narita and one flight from Haneda.
Starting March 29th, 2020, ANA will be shifting one of its Narita flights to Haneda, leaving just one flight to L.A. from Narita.
The new flight out of Haneda will be operated using a four-cabin Boeing 777-300ER.
Flight number NH126 will depart Haneda at 21:05 and arrive at LAX 15:05.
Flight number NH125 will depart Los Angeles at 17:05 arriving HND 21:15 + 1 day.
Haneda to San Francisco
Rather than offering a daily flight, ANA will offer three flights per week from Haneda to San Francisco starting March 29th, 2020, aboard a four-cabin Boeing 777-300ER.
Flight number NH108 will depart Haneda at 22:55 arriving at SFO 16:25.
The flight will operate on a Tuesday, Friday, and Sunday.
Flight number NH107 will depart San Francisco at 01:45 arriving HND 05:00 + 1 day.
The flight will operate on a Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.
Japan will host the 2020 Olympics
Looking at the new flights, they are good for people wanting to visit Tokyo, but perhaps not as convenient time-wise for people looking to connect through Japan.
With Japan hosting the 2020 Olympics, we expect to see more changes to the American routes before July.
What do you think about ANA switching flights from Narita to Haneda? Please let us know in the comments.