[photopress:Air_Chinaeastern_1.jpg,full,alignright]China and Japan will launch regular charter flights for passengers between Shanghai’s Hongqiao Airport and Tokyo’s Haneda Airport later this month.
China Eastern, a hostess is shown in our illustration, Shanghai Airlines, Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways (ANA), will start four daily flights between the two airports.
The flights were agreed by the two governments during Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao’s visit to Japan in April.
At the moment 16 airlines from both countries have 738 flights a week, linking 19 Chinese cities and 17 Japanese ones. More than 7.5 million passengers were carried in 2006.
The extra flights are all part of a move to mark the 35th anniversary of the normalization of diplomatic ties between China and Japan. There will be cultural and sports exchange activities this year, including marathons in Beijing and Dalian.
Source: Shanghai Daily