Qatar Airways may introduce daily flights to Tokyo early next year to add to its vast network of destinations worldwide as the new runway coming up at the Narita International Airport is said to be ready by March next year, said an official of the Japanese Embassy. Ryoji Iwama, Counselor and Deputy Head of Mission at the Japanese Embassy, said Qatar Airways was eyeing the Japanese capital as its next daily destination.
He said the Embassy is hoping the Tokyo flight will be launched early next year.
“The airline currently operates daily flights to Osaka, but this new move will further develop aviation relations between Qatar and Japan,” said Iwama during the Iftar the embassy hosted at the Sharq Village and Spa to introduce its new cultural attaché, Hiromi Amano (pictured).
Amano, who hails from a city close to Tokyo, said she worked in Jordan for two years before coming to Qatar. She has replaced Masashi Kimura as the embassy’s press and cultural attaché.
Amano said the Japanese embassy was planning a number of cultural events after Ramadan, one of which is the Sumie, the black and white painting workshop, a form of traditional Japanese calligraphy. The Sumie is planned for October and Amano said the embassy had invited a Japanese teacher from Japan to preside over the workshop.
“It will be a one-day event. We are hoping to introduce it to the Japanese School as well,” she said.
Amano holds a degree in Human Rights and graduated from the University of Essex in England.
Qatar Airways currently flies to Kansai International Airport in Osaka and will soon 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.