Number of travelers at Narita dips 2% during Golden Week

NARITA — The number of travelers passing through Narita airport during Japan’s Golden Week holiday season from April 24 to May 7 came to about 921,500, down by some 20,000, or 2.1%, from a year earlier, the immigration authority said Monday.

While the number of Japanese travelers rose 1.7% to 639,900, that of foreign travelers arriving at and departing from the airport during the period fell 9.8% to 281,600, according to the local branch of the Tokyo Regional Immigration Bureau. JTB Corp said Japanese travelers were not greatly influenced with the spread of the new influenza as the reports on the disease became rampant shortly before the holiday season, leading only a small number of people to cancel trips.

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