Thursday, December 17, 2015

ANA to begin Tokyo-Wuhan, China service

Japan’s All Nippon Airways (ANA) will open a new route between Tokyo’s Narita Airport (NRT) and Wuhan Tianhe International Airport (WUH) in Hubei, China beginning on April 28, 2016.

At present, ANA operates flights from Japan to 10 Chinese destinations: Beijing (PEK), Shanghai (SHA and PVG), Guangzhou (CAN), Dalian (DLC), Shenyang (SHE), Qingdao (TAO), Hangzhou (HGH), Xiamen (XMN), Chengdu (CTU) and Hong Kong (HKG). That represents service to more Chinese cities than any other Japanese airline, ANA said in a release announcing the new service.

The new flights are expected to generate strong demand for both Chinese leisure travel to Japan, as well as Japanese business travel to Wuhan.

ANA Dreamliner in R2-D2 livery
Wuhan is the largest city in central China and Japanese corporations, especially in the automotive sector, are increasing their foothold in the region. On the tourism front, the number of Chinese visitors to Japan continues to set new records. During the first 10 months of the year, about 4,280,000 Chinese visited Japan, an increase of 113% compared to the previous year.

The new route to Wuhan also makes travel between China and North America via ANA’s hub at NRT considerably more convenient. The planned timetable has flights departing Wuhan in the morning and arriving at Narita in the afternoon, enabling same-day connections between Wuhan and ANA’s North American destinations.

Return flights will departing NRT in the evening for nighttime arrival in Wuhan.

ANA also operates domestic trunk routes from Narita Airport to other major Japanese cities such as Osaka, Nagoya (NGO), Fukuoka (FUK) and Sapporo (CTS). Together with the Experience JAPAN Fare, international passengers will have the chance to explore more of Japan for as low as JPY10,800 per person, the equivalent of about US$88, per domestic segment.

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