February 23, 2014 12:30 am JST

Japan's travel agencies increase overseas package tours from Haneda

TOKYO -- Travel agencies will offer significantly more overseas package tours flying out of Tokyo's Haneda airport, once international slots at the airport increase March 30.

     Wider availability of air packages from Haneda is expected encourage more people living outside the Tokyo metropolitan area to go abroad, because Haneda is a domestic airline hub.

     In the fist half of fiscal 2014, JTB has roughly doubled from the first half of fiscal 2013 the number of foreign package tours via Haneda to around 170. Approximately 30% of its tours from the Tokyo metropolitan area will use Haneda airport. Destinations are mainly in Europe and Southeast Asia.

     ANA Sales, meanwhile, has tripled the number of courses from and to Haneda to 132 compared to the first half of fiscal 2013. Such tours will represent half its offerings for those living in Tokyo and neighboring prefectures. The new package tours from Haneda will include ones to Paris, France and Hanoi in a first for the airport. In cases of trips to Europe for the elderly, 28 out of 29 tours leave and arrive at Haneda. The agency is promoting convenient access to the airport as part of its marketing of the packages.

     At Nippon Travel Agency, nine European tour packages will fly out of and into Haneda, compared to only one now. Hankyu Travel International will increase packages flying out of Haneda from four to 18.

     The international slots at Haneda airport will expand by 50% from current 56 to almost 90 starting March 30. Flights departing during daytime for Europe and Asia will increase the most.

(Nikkei)

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