JAL to drop flights from Narita after new Haneda services

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Japan Airlines (JAL) plans to suspend some flights on four international routes from Tokyo's Narita airport after it begins scheduled operations from the Japanese capital's Haneda airport.

It will cease operating its daily Narita-San Francisco service after it commences daily flights between Haneda and San Francisco from 31 October, says a JAL spokeswoman.

The Oneworld carrier will also cut one of two daily flights each on the Narita-Hong Kong and Narita-Singapore routes, and drop one of three daily flights between Narita and Taipei Taoyuan, she adds.

"Haneda airport is closer to the city centre and will be more appealing to business travellers so we have decided to transfer some flights over," says the spokeswoman.

Haneda opens to international scheduled flights from 31 October after a fourth runway there begins operations.

JAL, which has said it will begin flights between Haneda and San Francisco, Paris, Honolulu, Bangkok, Taipei Songshan, also plans to start daily flights to Singapore.

It will operate Boeing 767 aircraft between Haneda and Singapore, says JAL.

Japan's All Nippon Airways and Singapore Airlines have announced plans as well to fly between Singapore and Haneda.