Tokyo is Japan's largest domestic and international gateway for rail, ground and air transportation. Many tourists will find Tokyo air transportation the most acceptable way of travel with reliable airlines, a top service and well elaborated routes. There are several airports in Tokyo with a number of airlines, providing both: convenient and timesaving domestic and international Tokyo air flights.
Consider the following Tokyo airports: Tokyo International Airport in Ota Ward (Haneda) is a gateway mainly for domestic flights; Narita International Airport in Narita, Chiba Prefecture is a major gateway for international travelers; Chofu Airport in Chofu City handles commuter flights to the Izu islands; Oshima Airport provides Tokyo air flights to Oshima Islan; Hachijojima Airport offers flights to Hachijo Islan; Miyakejima Airport handles flights to Miyake Islan; Tokyo Heliport is a gateway for Koto Ward.
Until 1978, the Haneda International Airport was a major international hub for Tokyo air transportation. In 1978, a new Tokyo International Airport, now known as the Narita International Airport, was opened. All International Tokyo air flights, except for those to Taiwan and the Republic of China, were moved to the NTIA the same year that allowed to accommodate more domestic passengers.
The major airlines that provide both domestic and international Tokyo flights are the Japan Airlines Corporation and the All Nippon Airways. The All Nippon Airways, formerly Japan's largest domestic carrier, is today the country's second-largest domestic and international carrier after the Japan Airlines. Its main international hubs are at the Narita International Airport, Tokyo and at the Kansai International Airport in Osaka. Its main domestic hubs are at the Tokyo International Airport, the Osaka International Airport, the Chubu Centrair International Airport (near Nagoya), and the New Chitose Airport (near Sapporo). One of the interesting facts about the All Nippon Airways is that it is the official airline of Universal Studios Japan. They have specially painted jets, including five Pokemon jets for both: the domestic and international service.
The Japan Airlines Corporation, a competitor of the All Nippon Airways, operates vast international and domestic networks with the same major hubs as the All Nippons. Actually, there is much to be said about the Japan Airlines. The Japan Airlines is the largest airline in Asia and has the largest fleet of Boeing 747s in the world (approximately seventy six, in March, 2005). It is the only Asian airline that flies to Mexico City. The Japan Airlines is world-known for its on-board entertainment. The entertainment system is called MAGIC. It features (only imagine!) a credit card phone, destination guides with immigration card filling instructions, multiple movies, games, audio and video, shopping catalogues and more. The JAL Group has its own in-flight magazine, called Skyward, reflecting on the company motto. The JAL is known for the world-class standard first and business class flights.
The tremendous attention of businessmen and people has made Tokyo the busiest and the most visited country in the world and the transportation system of the highest world standards and quality. The ticket reservations for both major airlines of Japan and the other ones are available online, while the advanced reservation is always the best option.