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Japan-China airfares sink to $50 as virus saps demand

Ticket prices fall by half, with new airport lifting capacity

TOKYO -- Prices of China-bound flights from Japan have plunged by half from last year, with the opening of a new Beijing airport last September sharply boosting supply even as the recent virus outbreak drives travelers to steer clear of the country.

Ena, a Japanese discount flight booking website, lists prices as low as 5,000 yen ($45) before taxes and surcharges for round-trip tickets from Chubu Airport near Nagoya to Shanghai and Beijing in February and March, after the Lunar New Year holiday. Tickets can be had for 8,000 yen from Narita and Kansai airports, serving Tokyo and Osaka, respectively.

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