Following Delta Airlines and its decision to shift its operations in Tokyo to Haneda Airport, British Airways has plans to do the same this summer.
First reported by travel blog God Save the Points, British Airways will shift its daily Tokyo (Narita)-London (Heathrow) to Haneda starting March 28, doubling the presence of the London-based airline at Haneda. The move will result in two daily British Airways flights to the airport located closer to Tokyo city center compared to Narita.
Based on information from Routesonline, British Airways will operate a daily late morning and mid-afternoon departure from London while the turnaround flights will depart in the morning and afternoons. Both flights will use Boeing 777 and 787 aircraft.
With the shift, all five daily flights on the London-Tokyo market will arrive at Haneda. British Airways and its Japan-based OneWorld partner Japan Airlines operate two flights each. Meanwhile, Star Alliance carrier All Nippon Airways (ANA) also operates its lone daily service from Haneda.
By the summer, British Airways will swap one of the flights using the 787 aircraft with Airbus A350-1000XWB effective July 1.
The decision to operate its flights to Tokyo exclusively at Haneda is aligned with its OneWorld partner airline Japan Airlines' domestic hub at the airport and its growing list of international connections travelers can make to cities in Asia.