Airline carriers are starting to cut routes due to reduced travel demand in Japan. Among the local governments in Japan, there has been an emergency funding for local tourism companies.
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 flights between Busan and Sapporo, and three of the six low-cost carriers have announced plans to reroute their flights.
Jeju Airlines will lose 13 routes, 11 T-way routes and 6 Easta airlines.
[Low-cost airline official: It may be a little worse if this movement or mood persists, so it's a preparation for that.]
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.
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Airline carriers are starting to cut routes due to reduced travel demand in Japan. Among the local governments in Japan, there has been an emergency funding for local tourism companies. Reporter Jang Hoon-kyung.