Yutaka Ito, Senior Vice President of All Nippon Airways (ANA) EMEA noted during a visit to Israel last week that "The Israeli market is important to us. We recognize its great and growing potential, and are interested in the passenger traffic between the two countries."
All Nippon Airways Co., Ltd., also known as Zennikkū or ANA, is the largest airline in Japan in terms of passengers and turnover. Its headquarters are located at Shiodome City Center in the Shiodome area of Minato, Tokyo, Japan. The airline has a fleet of 248 airliners flying to 80 international destinations and 112 Japanese destinations.
The airline is a member of the Star Alliance, the world's largest global airline alliance. All Nippon Airways (ANA) launched seven weeks ago flights from Tel Aviv to Japan via Europe last December.
Over 20,000 Israelis flew to Japan in 2015, half of them business passengers and half vacationers. Ito says this number has been growing yearly, thereby paving the way for the establishment of a local ANA office and investment in the business, which for now is focusing mainly on Israeli tourists, rather than bringing tourists from Japan to Israel