A new direct air service from the central Chinese city of Changsha to Osaka, Japan, will begin on December 27.
Liu Zhiming, deputy head of the Hunan Provincial Tourism Administration, said China Southern Airlines will operate a direct flight between the two cities once every week.
Liu Zhiming said, ‘The new air service is aimed at attracting more Japanese tourists to Hunan and boosting exchanges between the province and Japan.
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the founding of friendship ties between Hunan and Japan’s Shiga-ken Prefecture, which is close to Osaka.
Liu Zhiming did not provide more details about the new service but said if it was popular, the airline would offer two flights per week.
Hunan received 52,000 Japanese tourists last year, indicating a year-on-year increase of 47%. In the first eight months of this year, 40,000 Japanese tourists visited the province.
Source: Window of China