Travel Agents To Make Push Against Y500 Airport Security Fee

TOKYO (Nikkei)–The Japan Association of Travel Agents will urge the Ministry of Transport and Tourism to reconsider the planned introduction of the so-called passenger security service fee at Narita international airport. Narita International Airport Corp. plans to charge 500 yen for each passenger leaving the country or making a transit, starting Nov. 16. The fee […]

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Kansai Travel Agencies Spooked By JAL Rehab Plan

OSAKA (Nikkei)–Travel agencies in the Kansai region of western Japan are not at all happy about the rehabilitation plans for Japan Airlines Corp., as the envisaged reductions of JAL flights from the area would play havoc with the overseas package tours they plan to offer. The airline’s plan as of September was to end or […]

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Brand Canada falters – Questions from SME’s as the brand sinks in world rankings!

NEW YORK – October 5, 2009 – Brand America is now ranked #1 by global citizens, according to the GfK Roper Public Affairs & Media, a division of GfK Custom Research North America. Results from the 2009 Anholt-GfK Roper Nation Brands Index(NBI), which measures the global image of 50 countries, show the United States taking […]

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No. of foreign tourists visiting Japan plunges 29% in Jan.-June

The number of foreign tourists who visited Japan from January to June this year plunged 28.6 percent from a year earlier to 3,095,000, as the global recession and the spread of new influenza affected international travel, according to an estimate released Tuesday by the Japan National Tourism Organization. By month, the number of foreign visitors […]

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Canada wants to keep Emirates out of the Canadian market

As federal cabinet ministers boast about opening Canadian skies to foreign airlines, transport officials have been quietly undermining plans by one of the world’s biggest airlines to expand service to Toronto, documents obtained by the Star show. In private briefings, Transport Canada officials have gone on the offensive against Emirates Airlines’ request for greater access […]

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JAL To Speed Up Restructuring By Cutting Unprofitable Routes

TOKYO (Nikkei)–Japan Airlines Corp. will accelerate restructuring efforts by eliminating unprofitable routes and lowering pension obligations, President Haruka Nishimatsu said at a news conference Thursday. The airline has decided to slash three routes that currently connect Kansai International Airport with the Chinese cities of Dalian and Hangzhou, as well as flights between Chubu International Airport […]

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ANA, JAL consider resuming fuel surcharges for international flights

TOKYO —Japan’s two major airlines are considering collecting fuel surcharges again on international flights in the October to December period in response to the rise in airline fuel prices, airline officials said Wednesday. Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways have scrapped fuel surcharges on international flights from July to September in line with declines in […]

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