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All Nippon Airways Co. said Thursday it will expand its international service from Tokyo’s Narita airport in the business year starting April by adding a daily service to Houston and doubling the number of flights on two existing Asian routes.

ANA will begin flying the Narita-Houston route on June 12 next year and will increase frequencies to Singapore and Bangkok.

The Narita-Houston route will allow ANA passengers to connect more easily to locations in Central and South America, including Mexico, where Japanese automakers have factories, via services offered by ANA partner airline United Airlines Inc.

Houston itself has a thriving energy industry, and the overall expansion from Narita will improve access for business travelers from Japan and the rest of Asia, the company said.

Flights on the Narita-Singapore route will be increased from once daily to twice daily on June 11, with services on the Narita-Bangkok route following suit on Aug. 1. ANA hopes to use the increase to tap into growing demand for travel between Asia and North America.

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