The head of Malaysian airline AirAsia told an aviation congress Tuesday that Japan needs to find a solution for congestion at its airports amid the country's rising number of tourists.

AirAsia Group Chief Executive Officer Tony Fernandes stressed the importance of Japan's airport expansion for budget airlines at the Low-Cost Carrier Airport Congress Asia at Bangkok's Shangri-La hotel, where more than 200 delegates from the aviation industry met to discuss challenges and solutions for the low-cost carrier industry.

Affected by an increasing numbers of passengers who are benefiting from a rising number of budget flights and Japanese visa exemptions, the CEO urged Japan to untangle the issue of congestion at Tokyo's airports.