The newly appointed president of ANA Holdings Inc. has expressed eagerness to expand international flight business to tap into the growing number of foreign travelers.

"The mission of a carrier is to work for people's travel and business trips," Shinya Katanozaka said in a recent interview with Kyodo News.

Katanozaka will take the helm of Japan's biggest airline by passenger numbers on Wednesday, when its new business year starts. ANA Holdings is the parent of All Nippon Airways Co.