Japan’s All Nippon Airways is hoping to become India’s latest gateway operator. The airline hopes to provide flights tickets options to US-bound travellers though its transit hub in Tokyo.
All Nippon Looks to Become the Next Gateway Carrier for India
Fast on the heels of Middle East and South East Asian airlines, Japan’s All Nippon Airways is looking to become the next gateway airline for India, hoping to offers flights tickets deals to US-bound passengers via its transit hub in Tokyo.
As per a news report in Economic Times, India’s leading financial daily, ANA has plans in place to add more flights on its network to India. While adding new cities is on the agenda, the carrier has made clear that it would be augmenting its flights services to Mumbai, providing more tickets options to those seeking flights tickets.
“Without India market we can not survive. Our location is very good for connections as from Narita airport in Tokyo it takes only two hours to reach the US west coast. Also, we would take lesser time than Gulf carriers to fly to the US,” ANA General Manager (India) Kenji Sugino was quoted by the newspaper.
Industry experts believe that the move by the operator is likely to intensify the competition to capture the mounting number of transit passengers from India. A gateway carrier routes the traffic from other countries via its hubs. Emirates, Etihad and Cathay Pacific are some airlines that act as gateway carriers in India.
ANA offers daily flights tickets alternatives on Delhi and Mumbai to Tokyo sectors, and has plans to offer tickets options for India’s Chennai and Bangalore as well in the near future.