Japan's ANA restarts direct flights to Australia

posted on December 13, 2015

Japan's All Nippon Airways has resumed direct flights between Japan and Australia for the first time in 16 years.

An ANA jetliner carrying 205 passengers arrived at Sydney Airport on Saturday, from Tokyo's Haneda Airport.

The passenger jet has a Star Wars theme to mark the opening of the latest edition of the Hollywood movie series which opens next week. The plane is painted the same color of the robot R2-D2, one of characters in the movie.

The number of tourists from Australia to Japan has increased by about 20 percent from a year earlier due to the weaker yen and other factors.

Business exchanges between the 2 countries have also increased after a bilateral economic partnership agreement came into effect in January.

source by NHK
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