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Japan's off-the-beaten-path airports hungry to grow

Foreign passenger traffic at nonmajor airfields climbs 450%

Surrounded by picturesque mountains, Matsumoto Airport in Nagano Prefecture is close to tourist spots. (Photo by Masato Takeuchi)

OSAKA/SAPPORO -- A little past 9 a.m. on Monday, a Finnair flight from Helsinki carrying 194 passengers landed at New Chitose Airport in Hokkaido. It was the airline's inaugural flight from the Finnish capital to Hokkaido's principal airport.

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