All Nippon Airways will increase international flights and cabin staff numbers to meet an anticipated jump in demand when Japan eliminates COVID-19 border controls next month.

"We’ve long been waiting for the easing of restrictions,” Chief Executive Officer Shinichi Inoue told reporters at Haneda Airport in Tokyo on Friday. "We want to welcome visitors from overseas with increased flights.”

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said Thursday that border controls would be eased from Oct. 11, with the country ending its cap on daily arrivals and allowing tourists to enter without visas.