Lufthansa is improving its services to Japan by flying to Haneda Airport in Tokyo from the end of March.
The biggest Japanese airport is located south of the capital, and is a mere 14km from the city centre – accessible through a 15-minute monorail service. Moreover, passengers on Lufthansa will also enjoy better connectivity to over 40 domestic destinations within Japan, through the German carrier’s codeshare partner All Nippon Airways (ANA).
Lufthansa is the latest airline to add services to Haneda Airport, which has become increasingly popular and accessible to foreign carriers ever since Japanese authorities decided to open it up to more international flights in 2010 (see here). Other operators that have recently launched flights there include Air France (see here) and Emirates (see here).
Starting March 30, Lufthansa will serve Tokyo-Haneda non-stop, daily, from both Frankfurt and Munich. Tokyo Narita International Airport, meanwhile, will remain in the airline’s network, and be served from Frankfurt through Osaka.
Due to the close ties Lufthansa shares with ANA, the Japanese carrier will be rearranging and expanding its connections between Japan and Germany for the start of the 2014 summer flight schedules. All Lufthansa services in and out of Haneda Airport (from Frankfurt and Munich) will also feature the ANA flight code, while Lufthansa will in turn place its code on ANA’s Tokyo-Haneda bound operations to and from the two German cities.
In the future, ANA will also serve Frankfurt twice a day from Tokyo-Haneda – a change from the current single flight from Narita and another one from Haneda. The carrier’s Munich service will likewise be operated out of Haneda in the future.
By moving the majority of its Tokyo services to a single airport, Lufthansa benefits from being closer to its airline partner, allowing both carriers to develop flight schedules that correlate better with one another. As fellow Star Alliance members, both carriers also share interline agreements which allows them to sell seats on each other's flights.
Connections Germany – Japan
(From March 30 – all daily)
LH716 (NH5854) Frankfurt 1820 – Haneda 1215+1
LH717 (NH5853) Haneda 1405 – Frankfurt 1845
LH714 (NH5852) Munich 1545 – Haneda 1005+1
LH715 (NH5851) Haneda 1150 – Munich 1655
NH224 (LH7242) Frankfurt 2045 – Haneda 1455+1
NH223 (LH7243) Haneda 1125 – Frankfurt 1635
NH204 (LH7236) Frankfurt 1210 – Haneda 0635+1
NH203 (LH7237) Haneda 0055 – Frankfurt 0605
NH276 (LH7244) Munich 2125 – Haneda 1550+1
NH275 (LH7245) Haneda 1235 – Munich 1720
For more information, visit www.lufthansa.com