All Nippon Airways (ANA) is to launch scheduled cargo-only flights between Tokyo (Narita) and Brussels from October 14th, 2020. These flights will operate three times a week on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. The route will be operated by a Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft, which has a 35-tonne bellyhold cargo capacity.
ANA introduced Brussels to its international network in October 2015 with daily flights from Tokyo. Following the COVID-19 outbreak and the border closures, ANA took the decision to drastically reduce its flight offers between Japan and Europe. Returning to Brussels will reopen trade lanes between Japan and Belgium for pharmaceuticals, electronics and perishable products. ANA expects to fly 651 cargo-only flights during the month of October, a monthly record since June.
“ANA’s return to Brussels is great news and the support from our customers and partners has been overwhelming. Reintroduction of cargo flights is an important step for strengthening economic relations between Japan and Belgium. We will continue to explore all opportunities and also hope to resume passenger flights before long,” said Keiichi Ueda, General Manager of ANA Brussels Office.
“We are delighted to welcome back ANA at Brussels Airport, thus restoring the direct link between Belgium and Japan, for now with cargo-only flights. We appreciate and will support ANA’s entrepreneurship and are confident of the success of these passenger freighters,” said Arnaud Feist, CEO of Brussels Airport.
In Brussels, ANA is represented by Cargo General Sales, Flyus and the cargo handler Swissport.
Additionally, ANA currently operates in Frankfurt, London Heathrow and Paris Charles de Gaulle.
BRUSSELS, Oct. 2, 2020
Update 13 October 2020: