(Yomiuri: October 26, 2015 – p. 6)
On Oct. 25, routes connecting Haneda Airport and China were expanded, raising the number of flights to and from the mainland during the daytime (6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.) from eight to 20 a day. The new flights are likely to further boost the already skyrocketing numbers of Chinese visiting Japan.
In addition to the four newly created daily roundtrips to Guangzhou, roundtrips to Beijing and Shanghai were each increased from four to eight a day. These routes will be covered equally by Japanese and Chinese carriers with All Nippon Airways (ANA) and Japan Airlines (JAL) each increasing their service.
The two nations reached an agreement in 2012 to raise the number of flights, but implementation was put on hold due to the deterioration of Japan-China ties. With the bilateral summit held in November last year, talks were restarted and the decision made to go forward with the increase.
On the first day of direct service, the Guangzhou flights were filled with Chinese tourists carrying lots of shopping bags. Guangzhou can expect to see a rise in business demand as well, with the entry of Toyota Motor Corporation and other Japanese manufacturers into Guangzhou. (Abridged)