China has become the top location for inbound and outbound Japan flights this winter, beating South Korea thanks to booming tourism and aggressive overseas expansion by Chinese airlines.
A total of 1,406 regular passenger flights a week are scheduled between Japan and China for the winter travel season, which began Oct. 27 and ends March 28, according to the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism. This is up 224, or 19%, from the summer. Routes to and from China now make up 27% of all international flights in Japan.
Keisei Electric Railway, which operates the Skyliner rail link from central Tokyo to Narita Airport, began accepting payments via a Chinese e-payment platform at ticket counters in September. About 7.4 million Chinese visitors came to Japan between January and September, up 15% from a year prior.
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