Korean Air to cut flights to Japan as diplomatic row hits demand

Korean Air to cut flights to Japan as diplomatic row hits demand

FILE PHOTO: The logo of Korean Airlines is seen on a B787-9 plane at its aviation shed in Incheon,
The logo of Korean Airlines is seen on a B787-9 plane at its aviation shed in Incheon, South Korea, February 27, 2017. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji/Files

SEOUL: Korean Air Lines will suspend its flights between the South Korean city of Busan and Japan's Sapporo from Sep 3 because of falling demand amid a worsening diplomatic and economic row between the two neighbours.

Last month, Japan tightened controls of exports of high-tech materials to South Korea, in apparent retaliation for a South Korean court ruling over wartime forced labour. Such disputes have prompted a widespread boycott of Japanese products and services, from beer to clothes and travel in South Korea.

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Korean Air, South Korea's top carrier, is also considering cutting the number of flights between the two countries or shifting to smaller aircraft from mid-August, a spokesman said.

Koreans were the second-biggest travellers to Japan only after China, accounting for 24.2 per cent of visits last year, according to data from Japan National Tourism Organisation. 

Source: Reuters/cy

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