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Monday, 16th September 2013
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Japan to increase Philippines flights

Japan and the Philippines have agreed to boost the number of commercial flights between their countries in an effort to increase levels of tourism and business.

The news was broken by executive director of the Philippine Civil Aeronautics Board Carmelo Arcilla, who said that the maximum number of flights between the nations will be bumped up from 119 to 400 per week between Manila and Narita airports.

"We also agreed on new traffic rights between Haneda airport and Manila at 14 flights per week for each side, and unlimited traffic rights between airports in the Philippines except Manila," Arcilla added, in an email to Kyoto News.

He expressed enthusiasm at the new deal, pointing at Japan's status as a major economy and the third largest tourist market for the Philippines.

With Tokyo set to host the 2020 Olympic Games, the country can expect tourism in general to rise over the next few years in the run-up to the historic sporting event.