October 23, 2014 4:04 am JST

Kansai Airport anticipates busiest season ever this winter

OSAKA -- Flight records are set to fall this winter at Kansai Airport, which is expected to reach 926.5 international takeoffs and landings a week during the peak in March 2015, trouncing the record 916 weekly flights handled this past summer.

     The airport operator on Tuesday announced its international flight plans for the winter season, which runs from Oct. 26 through March 28.

     A record 276 flights will travel each week between Japan and China, connecting with 23 cities, including Macau and Hong Kong, up from 21 over the summer.

     Budget airlines, also known as low-cost carriers, will account for a record 22.4% of all international flights.

     Overall, there will be an all-time-high 777 weekly international passenger flights, up 51 from the winter of 2013, and 149.5 international cargo flights weekly, 7.5 more than last year.

(Nikkei)

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