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Asia's budget airlines flock to Tokyo, lifting Japan's tourism

Narita and Haneda airports' combined international flights up 12% in 3 years

Budget carriers and other airlines are adding international flights at Narita Airport, giving a lift to Japan's foreign tourism. (Courtesy of Narita International Airport)

TOKYO -- Tokyo is seeing an increase in international air traffic as more budget carriers, particularly from Southeast Asia, begin flying to the metropolitan area.

Narita and Haneda airports had 2,562 international flights -- a round-trip counts as one flight -- a week during the period from late March to late October, rising for the third straight year and up 12% from the same period three years earlier.

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