Offering Belgium’s only direct flights to Japan, accommodating more travellers from across EuropeANA, Japan’s leading and only 5-star airline, announced today the launch of non-stop service from Brussels Airport to Tokyo’s Narita Airport, scheduled to begin this autumn, subject to government approval.
The flight will be ANA’s first ever to Brussels and sixth destination to Europe the only non-stop service from Belgium to Japan, playing an important role in ANA’s strategy to expand its international route network and enhance ANA’s brand awareness in Europe.
Brussels will be ANA’s third new destination in 2015, with Houston launching June 12, and Kuala Lumpur, launching September 1. ANA’s planned non-stop service commemorates the importance of Brussels Airport as a major European long-haul hub and the long-standing trade relations between Japan and Belgium.
ANA aims to provide added convenience to passengers flying from Brussels Airport, with connections that are available through its joint venture partners Lufthansa, Swiss International Airlines and Austrian Airlines, as well as other Star Alliance member airlines. Beyond Europe, ANA serves 50 destinations throughout Japan across 117 domestic routes, as well as 23 destinations across Asia. The travellers can explore ANA’s domestic destinations through its special discounted “Experience JAPAN Fare”.
ANA predicts robust business demand to and from Belgium, home to many international and pan-European organizations and businesses, as well as the offices of 241 Japanese corporations including major players from the manufacturing and business sectors. Belgian exports to Japan in 2013 amounted to €1,80 billion, while imports from Japan totalled €3,85 billion. Japan received 13 million visitors last year, a 30% increase versus 2013. The destination is becoming increasingly popular to international travellers, as the value of the Euro continues to grow against the Yen.
“We are proud to be introducing the only flight between Brussels and Japan starting this autumn, and look forward to working with our Star Alliance partners to welcome even more travelers from Europe to Japan and Asia, as Japan increasingly becomes a popular destination in Belgium,” said ANA President and CEO Osamu Shinobe. “We hope to play a role in strengthening the bond between Japan and Belgium and forging new business opportunities in the future. More than 5.300 Japanese nationals reside in Belgium, who will now benefit from a convenient non-stop connection to their native country, and maintain close bonds with their home community.”