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JAL uses community ties to expand Dalian routes

Japan's ties to Chinese hub help airlines navigate coronavirus travel curbs

Japan Airlines has been working closely with city officials in Dalian, China, to restart flights.   © Reuters

DALIAN, China -- Even as the pandemic depresses demand for air travel, Japan Airlines managed to resume a fourth weekly flight between Tokyo's Narita Airport and Dalian this week, with backing from the Chinese city with strong ties to Japan.

With the latest addition, Dalian now receives the largest number flights from Japan. "More flights means we can attract more customers," Akinobu Shibata, president and regional manager at JAL's Dalian office, told Nikkei. "We hope to add even more flights in the future."

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