Qatar Airways, the country’s national carrier, is eyeing Tokyo to add to its vast network of destinations worldwide as a new runway coming up at the Narita International Airport is slated to be ready by March next year.
The airline currently operates daily flights to Osaka and has plans to introduce services to the Japanese capital city as well, as Qatar and Japan have recently decided to expand their air services agreement.
“We definitely like to fly to Tokyo but there are no firm plans as yet,” a source said.
According to him, there are both business and leisure traffic on the Doha-Osaka sector and it is growing.
A press statement issued by the Japanese embassy, meanwhile, said Doha and Tokyo had exchanged diplomatic notes on amendment of air service.
“The step is a milestone for further development of aviation relations between the two sides,” Yukio Kitazume, Japan’s ambassador to Qatar, said in the statement.
Qatar Airways will operate passenger flights to Narita International Airport after the ‘commencement of the operational use of the new 2,500-metre runway scheduled in March 2010’, the statement added.
The airline presently flies to Kansai International Airport in Osaka.
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