ANA to Add More International Flights as Japan Opens Borders
The Government of Japan announced a policy of resuming entry by individual travelers for tourism purposes beginning on October 11.
The resumption of individual travel to Japan and visa waivers, and the elimination of the daily arrival cap will allow international visitors to enjoy Japan in more ways than in the past two-and-a-half years.
These measures are long-awaited news for tourists around the world who have been looking forward to visiting Japan. Anticipating a spike in demand, All Nippon Airways has said it will increase international flights and cabin staff numbers.
“We’ve long been waiting for the easing of restrictions,” Chief Executive Officer Shinichi Inoue told reporters at Haneda Airport in Tokyo on Friday, as reported by Japan Times.
ANA’s international schedule for August shows it offers 710 flights a week, serving 36 cities. It’s not clear yet how many more flights would be added. ANA said last month that it plans to increase North America flights to about 90% of pre-pandemic levels starting from October 30.
Another reason to visit is the weakness of the yen, which is expected to help drive inbound travel. Japan’s currency has tumbled about 23% against the dollar this year.
“You can do more than take in Japan’s captivating culture, history, nature, and cuisine,” said Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) President Seino Satoshi in a press release. “Along with reveling in the many ways to take in the allures across Japan, now is a time when international visitors can take advantage of shopping opportunities. Japan has been busy over the past two-and-a-half years with preparations to welcome back everyone.”