British Airways return to Osaka after 10 years

The UK’s flag carrier will relaunch Heathrow-Osaka route next spring

After ten years of absence, British Airways have announced they will again add Japan’s second largest city to their global network. From 31 March next year, the carrier will relaunch a direct long-haul service between London and Osaka’s Kansai international airport from Heathrow‘s terminal 5.

British Airways will return to Osaka, Japan's second largest city, after 10 years of absence – British Airways return to Osaka after 10 years
British Airways will return to Osaka, Japan’s second largest city, after 10 years of absence — Martinho Smart / Shutterstock

The newly announced service, that will be operated four times a week, will increase the number of joint business between Japanese Airlines and BA to 32 per week.

“Our partners Japan Airlines and Finnair have demonstrated that Osaka is a hugely popular route with leisure and business travellers alike, so we are excited to launch direct flights from London, giving customers another gateway,” said BA network and alliances director Sean Doyle.

Japan is a highly sought-after destination for British tourists and many of the country’s key attractions are within easy reach of Osaka.”

“This new route will also open up more opportunities for companies to explore and build business in the region so we’re expecting this new service to be well received by our customers.”

The route will be operated by a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner, while JAL will also provide a codeshare on the new service, which will strengthen the cooperation even further.

The last time the British flag carrier operated the route was in October 1998 – jgolby / Shutterstock British Airways return to Osaka after 10 years
The last time the British flag carrier operated the route was in October 1998 — jgolby / Shutterstock

JAL international relations and alliances executive officer, Hideki Oshima, added: “We are extremely excited with the announcement of British Airways’ new route.

“Not only does it provide more choices and greater convenience for our passengers travelling between Japan and Europe, but it is also great news for the Kansai region.

“We look forward to serving our mutual customers through our codeshare service and contributing to the regional economy in Osaka.”

The last time the British flag carrier operated the route was in October 1998.