19. October 2010 10:08
Air china launches direct flights between Chengdu and Tokyo. These direct flights are available on Wednesday and Saturday with the flight number CA423/4, the flights depart from Chengdu Shuangliu Airport to arrive at Tokyo Narita Airport and the return flights depart from Tokyo Narita Airport to arrive at Chengdu Shuangliu Airport.
In the past, Air China launched three routes from Chengdu to Japan, including the Chengdu-Beijing-Tokyo and Chengdu-Shanghai-Nagoya routes with flights available daily and the Chengdu-Dalian-Osaka route with three flights available every week.
Due to this Japan relaxed its visa requirements for Chinese tourists in July and the number of Chinese tourists to Japan continues to increase. In 2009, Sichuan received 166,910 Japanese tourists and the number during the period from January to May 2010 was 47601, an increase of 33.83% over the same period last year.