Kansai airport eyes 26% holiday surge

Kyodo

The number of overseas travelers who will use Kansai International Airport during the Golden Week holidays is expected to jump 26 percent from the previous year to 361,400, the airport operator said Monday.

The daily passenger flow from Thursday to May 7 is expected to average 30,100, topping 30,000 for the first time in five years and recovering from the plunge to 23,900 last year caused by the March 11 disasters, according to Kansai International Airport Co.

The projected improvement is being credited to such factors as an increase in flights making use of the airport and the stronger yen.

By destination, short-distance flights to South Korea, China and Southeast Asia are most popular. Departures are expected to peak on April 28 at 20,100 travelers, while arrivals are forecast to peak on May 6 at 21,800.