Japan Airlines will resume nonstop flights from Tokyo, Japan (via Narita International Airport) and San Diego International Airport. The service will operate three times a week starting March 2. The resumption comes after Japan Airlines suspended service in April 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Japan Airlines provides the greater San Diego area with an important nonstop link to Asia,” said Kimberly Becker, San Diego County Regional Airport Authority president and CEO. “By providing Japan with direct access to our region, San Diego is more competitive and attractive to those individuals looking to vacation or conduct business in Southern California which is critical to rebuilding our economy post COVID-19.”

“Japan is the fifth-largest overseas market for visitors to San Diego, and many San Diego-based companies have strong business ties to Japan,” added Julie Coker, president and CEO of the San Diego Tourism Authority.

Japan Airlines became the first airline to launch nonstop flights between Asia and San Diego when they inaugurated service to Tokyo in December 20212. Pre-COVID, the airline offered daily nonstop flights.

Travel & Hospitality reporter Mariel Concepcion can be reached at mconcepcion@sdbj.com or 858-634-4625.