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Southeast Asian airlines open new regional routes to Japan

Host airports subsidize landing, facility fees amid growing tourism

Vietnam's Vietjet Air is to offer chartered flights between Ho Chi Minh City and Japan's Fukushima.

TOKYO/JAKARTA -- More airlines in Southeast Asia are flying to Japan's regional cities amid a growing number of travelers arriving in the country. Japanese central and local governments are seeking to help the trend by promoting the country's regional airports, as they see inbound tourism as key to boosting regional economies.

SilkAir, a Singapore Airlines group company, will add a Singapore-Hiroshima route in October, making it the airline's first regular route in Japan.

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