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Japan Airlines to Offer Free Flights for Olympics Tourists

JAL’s first A350 prepares for its delivery flight from Toulouse to Tokyo Haneda

As Japan gears up to host the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, the nation’s flag carrier has announced a campaign to boost inter-Japan travel during the games. Japan Airlines plans to offer 50,000 free domestic roundtrip tickets to international visitors during the 2020 Olympics.

The objective of this campaign is to promote other destinations in Japan outside of Tokyo. As part of the campaign, passengers must be beginning and terminating their domestic travels at Tokyo Haneda Airport or Itami and Kansai Airport in Osaka. 

The campaign “Win A Trip With JAL” is scheduled to commence in February. Passengers utilizing the free tickets must depart on or after July 1, 2020 and travel must be complete by Sept. 30, 2020. 

Together with Nomura Research Institute and NRI digital, the companies are working to increase customer satisfaction of Japan-bound visitors and help facilitate regional revitalization by bringing tourist traffic to regions across Japan. At this time, it is unclear how the 50,000 free tickets will be distributed among eligible passengers.

For aviation enthusiasts traveling to Tokyo for the 2020 Olympics, this is a great opportunity to fly on a wide-body aircraft on a short domestic flight. From Kansai Airport, passengers can fly to Tokyo Haneda onboard a 767-300, 787-8 or 777-200. From Haneda, a number of domestic destinations can be reached with wide-body aircraft including Fukuoka and Sapporo with the airline’s new Airbus A350-900.

Passengers can also fly from Haneda to Tokushima, Takamatsu, Oita, Naha and other Japanese cities with wide-body airplanes. 

Both Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways (ANA) have signed agreements to be supporting partners of the Olympic Relay Torch. The two airlines will cooperate with each other to transport the Olympic flame from Greece to Japan as the flame travels through 47 regions over 121 days before arriving in Tokyo. 

The two airlines are also official partners of the 2020 Olympics and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020. Japan Airlines also currently has one Boeing 767-300 and one 777-300 sporting special commemorating the upcoming Olympic games.

Mateen Kontoravdis


  • Mateen Kontoravdis

    Mateen has been interested in aviation from a very young age. He got his first model airplane at six and has been airplane spotting since he was nine years old. He has always had a passion for aviation and loves learning about different aspects within the industry. In addition to writing for AirlineGeeks, Mateen is also an editor for his high school’s newspaper. You can also find him on Instagram (@Plane.Photos) where he enjoys sharing his aviation photography with thousands of people everyday.

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