Narita holiday passengers up for 3rd year

Jiji Press NARITA, Chiba (Jiji Press) — The number of passengers using Narita International Airport during the year-end and New Year holiday period increased 5.3 percent from a year earlier to 1,142,360, up for the third straight year, a local immigration office said Thursday.

Between Dec. 22 and Jan. 3, the combined number of foreign passengers who arrived at and departed from the airport rose 12.2 percent to 609,150, on the back of robust demand for tourism in the nation, and an increase in the number of flights by low-cost carriers, the Tokyo Regional Immigration Bureau’s Narita Airport District Immigration Office said.

The figure outnumbered that of Japanese passengers, which fell 1.7 percent to 533,210, for the second consecutive year, according to the office.

The year-on-year drop this time can partly be attributed to the fact that Japanese overseas tourists continued arriving at the airport after the end of the period, analysts said.

The number of short-term visitors, mostly tourists, from China stood at 37,030, followed by those from South Korea, at 34,020, and from the United States, at 28,170.

Some 114,500 people, both Japanese and foreign nationals, departed for the United States.Speech

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