All Nippon Airways (ANA) plans to launch a new route this fall from Tokyo’s Narita International Airport to Brussels, increasing to six the number of European cities it serves.
Subject to receiving the required governmental approvals, Star Alliance member ANA will introduce its new route from Narita International Airport to the Belgian capital in its 2015 winter schedule, which will begin in the fall.
ANA’s new Tokyo Narita-Brussels service will add to non-stop flights ANA already operates from either Narita or Haneda to Frankfurt, Munich, Düsseldorf, London and Paris.
Tokyo-based ANA also provides access from a number of other Japanese airports to a wide range of destinations across Europe through a joint venture with its Star Alliance partner Lufthansa, which enables passengers to transit easily through Frankfurt and Munich.
According to ANA, many Japanese companies have bases in Brussels ‒ which is the administrative center of the European Union, because the European Commission is based there ‒ and each year a total of 90,000 passenger board transit flights from Japan.
The city also has a wealth of tourist attractions including excellent dining, rich culture and many architectural treasures, and is visited by tourists from all over the world.
ANA says it will announce the start date for the service, the flight schedule and the type of aircraft to be used on the route nearer to the launch date, subject to the Japanese carrier receiving approval from the relevant authorities.
“We are proud to be introducing the only flight between Japan and Brussels starting this autumn,” said Osamu Shinobe, ANA’s president and CEO. “We hope to play a role in strengthening the bond between Japan and Belgium and forging new business opportunities in the future.”
Arnaud Feist, CEO of Brussels Airport Company, commented: “We are thrilled to welcome ANA to the family of airlines flying to Brussels, one of Europe’s major hubs, which lacked a direct flight from Japan.”
Brussels Airlines, a member of the Lufthansa Group and a member of Star Alliance, is building a route network to destinations inside and outside Europe centered on its hub at Brussels Airport, which has become Star Alliance’s farthest-west hub airport in Europe.
The option for ANA passengers to connect to other flights at Brussels will provide greater convenience for those wishing to transit to flights reaching a wider range of European destinations, according to ANA.
Brussels Airlines also has a very strong long-haul network to Africa and ANA passengers should be able to connect at Brussels Airport to the Belgian carrier’s 19 destinations in Africa.