ANA to fully restore domestic flights for Tokyo airport for the first time after COVID

TOKYO, June 9 (Reuters)All Nippon Airways will restore full domestic flight services to and from Tokyo’s Haneda Airport from next month to meet growing demand as Japan emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic, it said. he announced Thursday.

Apart from a few long holidays, it would be the first time since March 2020 that the airline has not reduced domestic flights from the main airport serving the capital, it said in a statement.

The carrier, owned by ANA Holdings 9202.Tplans 23,830 flights to and from Haneda for July-August, surpassing the pre-pandemic number of 23,475 in 2019, he said.

Domestic flight demand is expected to return to 80% of pre-pandemic levels for those months, from around 60% now, ANA said.

Japan has lifted coronavirus restrictions as the number of cases falls nationwide, although it remains cautious about opening its borders fully to tourists.

Japan will start allowing a limited number of foreign tourists on tour packages from Friday, requiring them to wear masks, take out private medical insurance and be accompanied throughout their stay.

(Reporting by Satoshi Sugiyama Editing by Chang-Ran Kim)

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