There were celebrations in Vienna on 17 February as All Nippon Airways launched its new service from Tokyo Haneda. Julian Jäger, Joint CEO and COO of Vienna Airport; Kiyoshi Koinuma, Japanese Ambassador to Austria; and Akira Nakamura, Senior VP, EMEA, All Nippon Airways, took part in a traditional cake cutting ceremony to mark the occasion.
- All Nippon Airways launched flights from Tokyo Haneda (HND) to Vienna (VIE) on 17 February. It will serve the 9,138-kilometre sector on a daily basis using 787-9s. “This new destination provides further growth impetus for travelling to the Far East, where we registered a 33% increase in passenger volume last year,” said Julian Jäger, Joint CEO and COO of Vienna Airport. “The region is not only an important growth market for Vienna Airport, but also for the entire Austrian business and tourism location. For this reason, the launch of flight service on the new route to Tokyo is a valuable addition to the existing offering of destinations and an important step towards strengthening tourist and economic ties between Japan and Austria which have existed for 150 years”. Akira Nakamura, Senior VP, EMEA, All Nippon Airways, commented: “We are excited to be launching our direct flight between Vienna and Tokyo Haneda today. Our flights from Haneda and Vienna will arrive in the early morning, perfect for both business and leisure travellers to maximise their day. Furthermore, passengers can easily connect to ANA’s extensive domestic network at Haneda Airport and discover varieties of wonderful regional destinations Japan has to offer.” ANA has served Vienna before, having previously offered a connection from the Austrian capital to Tokyo Narita between 1996 and 2002. No other airline currently links the two airports together, with Japan being a new non-stop market from the Austrian capital.