Toky-go! Japan and Brisbane reconnect

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For the first time, Tokyo’s Haneda Airport and Brisbane are connected by a brand new service launched today by Qantas. 

The route re-establishes direct services between Tokyo and Brisbane after Covid severed flights from Tokyo’s Narita Airport in March 2020. 

The switch from Tokyo’s Narita to Haneda Airport will save travellers more than an hour of commuting time. 

“This is a milestone service. It links the Olympic City of 2020 with the host city for 2032 Games. Tokyo and Brisbane, connected by a special Olympic bond,” according to Gert-Jan de Graaff, CEO of Brisbane Airport Corporation. 

“We are delighted to see the return of flights between Tokyo and Brisbane Airport, boosting one of Queensland’s most important tourism markets. These Qantas services will bring more tourists, students, working holiday-makers and business travellers to Brisbane, while generating valuable opportunities for Queensland exporters.

“Since the 1980s, the Japanese market has been an important one for Queensland. The restart of non-stop flights from Tokyo to Brisbane will once again open this pipeline to support jobs and the local tourism industry, with tourists spending up right across the Sunshine State.” 

Qantas Regional General Manager for Asia, John Simeone, said the flights will boost tourism and revive business opportunities between Australia and Japan.  

“Pre-COVID, Japan was one of the most popular destinations for Australian travellers and we’re seeing the demand for Tokyo bounce back strongly,” said Mr Simeone.  

“The new flight from Brisbane into Haneda Airport gives our customers much easier and faster access to downtown Tokyo and one of the world’s most important business markets, saving more than an hour of transit time in getting to the city.  

“Qantas has a long history of serving the Japanese market and in fact later this month we’ll be celebrating 75 years of flying between Australia and Japan. We’re pleased to build on this legacy by connecting Japanese travellers to the Sunshine State once again.” 

The direct service from Tokyo to Brisbane is supported by Queensland’s $200 million Attracting Aviation Investment Fund, which is a jointly funded by the State Government and local airports.      

Tourism Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said Japan was an important part of Queensland’s recovery plan for inbound international tourism.    

“Every year, Qantas direct from Haneda will land 46,460 seats in Brisbane and deliver more opportunities for Japanese visitors to enjoy Queensland’s great lifestyle,” Mr Hinchliffe said. 

“We know Japanese visitors love our iconic, world-class visitor experiences and with return travel becoming much easier, we’re excited to welcome travellers from Japan back to the Queensland sunshine. 

“Direct Qantas flights from Tokyo-Haneda will potentially generate $41 million a year for Brisbane’s visitor economy and support 400 good Queensland jobs.” 

This holiday period Brisbane Airport will see 3 million people pass through its terminals.   

“To quote the Premier, when Brisbane Airport is busy, Queensland’s tourism industry is busy too. And that’s great news for jobs right across the Sunshine State,” says Brisbane Airport Corporation CEO Gert-Jan de Graaff. 

“We also know Japanese love Queensland beef, so these flights will be carrying fresh produce from right across this state, direct into the heart of Tokyo.” 

Qantas is deploying Airbus A330-300 aircraft on the route, capable of carrying up to 297 passengers and providing almost 900 seats each week. 

Brisbane to Haneda services will operate Monday, Thursday and Saturday departing at 1150 and arriving 2000 in Haneda. 

Flights will depart Haneda at 2130 on Monday, Thursday and Saturday and arrive in Brisbane at 0735. 

Pictures will be uploaded here early afternoon following the aircraft’s departure.