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Number of flights to Japan to hit record level this summer

Budget carriers pushing down airfares, prompting Chinese, Taiwan airlines to scale back operations

Aircraft taxi near Haneda Airport's international terminal.

TOKYO -- The number of regular international flights to Japan is expected to reach a record 5,169 per week this summer, according to the Japanese transport ministry. The increase may boost spending by foreign visitors as well as overseas trips by Japanese travelers.

On the back of growth in the number of foreign tourists to Japan, the country's major airlines and budget carriers have been increasing their flights. Foreign airlines, including South Korean carriers, are also increasing flights to Japan.

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