Air New Zealand to commence flights to Haneda in Tokyo from July 2017   

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Air New Zealand will split its Tokyo services between Haneda and Narita Airports next year. The national carrier currently operates daily flights to Narita International Airport, increasing to 10 flights per week over the peak months. However, from July 2017 the three additional peak season services will operate to Haneda Airport, with the daily services continuing to Narita. Air New Zealand also operates a seasonal service between Auckland and Osaka.

“The new service will be convenient for Kiwis wanting to get to downtown Tokyo and for Japanese tourists looking to visit New Zealand. The mid-afternoon departure from Auckland will enable good connections from regional New Zealand and a similar mid-afternoon arrival time for the inbound flight means tourists will be able to make seamless domestic connections to the rest of New Zealand,” said Cam Wallace, Chief Revenue Officer, Air New Zealand.

The new Haneda services will depart Auckland on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, utilising the airline’s new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft.

Japan is New Zealand’s fifth largest tourism market, with visitor numbers rising 13.8% to 97,312 for the year ending October 2016. The number of New Zealanders travelling to Japan also grew in that period – up 15% to 32,920.