As the atmosphere of not traveling to Japan spreads more and more, domestic airlines continue to reduce flights to Japan. Some local cities in Japan, affected by the shrinking number of Korean tourists, have decided to provide emergency funding to local tourists.

Reporter Jang Hoon-kyung.


Asiana Airlines has decided to stop operating flights between Busan and Okinawa on the 23rd.

After reducing the size of the three-role aircraft to Japan from medium to large, the company decided to reduce the route.

Korean Air has already suspended its flights from Busan to Sapporo, and three of the six low-cost airlines have announced additional routes.

Jeju Airlines will lose 13 routes, 11 T-way flights and 6 East Airlines flights.

[Low-cost airline officials: It's a preparation for that because it may get a little worse if the movement or mood persists.]

In fact, as of late July, the number of passengers traveling from Incheon to Japan decreased by 6.9% compared to the same period last year, compared to more than 10% of passengers going to China and Southeast Asia.

As Korean tourists tapered, Japanese municipalities caught an emergency.

Officials from three local governments in Japan also visited low-cost carriers, expressing concern about coordinating routes and cooperating.

[Park Bo-kyung / Ae-Seoul Manager: (Japan's local government) There will be a lot of trouble to prevent airlines from being cut or stopped.]

Tottori Prefecture, Japan, decided to include the decrease in tourists due to the worsening relations between Japan and Japan as a reason for emergency support, and to lend money to local tourism companies at low interest rates.

(Video coverage: Kang Dong-cheol, Ju Yong-jin, Video editing: Kim Sun-tak)

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