British Airways to launch direct flights to Osaka-Kansai

British Airways has announced the launch of a new direct service to Osaka’s Kansai International Airport from next spring.

The airline will operate a four-per-week service from London Heathrow to Japan’s second largest city, with flights set to take off from 31 March 2019.

British Airways previously operated a service to Osaka via Tokyo, however, the route was pulled in 1998. The reintroduction of the route will see British Airways become the only airline to directly connect the Japanese city with London.

Sean Doyle, British Airways’ Director of Network and Alliances, said: “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.

“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 new route takes the number of daily flights between London and Japan offered as part of British Airways’ joint business with Japan Airlines up to 32 per week.

Japanese tourism is set to grow from 24 million annual visitors in 2016 to 40 million in 2020. Osaka was recently named as the third most liveable city in the world and is considered to be the food capital of Japan.

Japan Airlines will also offer a codeshare on the new service, further strengthening the joint business and giving customers easier access to JAL’s domestic route network.

Fares for the new route start from £599 in World Traveller, £999 in World Traveller Plus and £2499 in Club World and are available to book on ba.com and jal.com now.

More details of the route schedule can be seen below:

Flight No. Departure Arrival Frequency
BA19/JL7078* Heathrow (LHR)
14:20
Osaka-Kansai (KIX)
09:50 (+1)
Mon, Weds, Fri, Sun
BA20/JL7079* Osaka-Kansai (KIX)
11:30
Heathrow (LHR)
15:50
Mon, Tues, Thurs, Sat

*Japan Airlines codeshare flight