The country’s largest private low-cost carrier is offering free round-trip tickets between Shanghai’s Pudong airport and Japan’s Saga prefecture, a rural area in southern Japan near the city of Fukuoka, until Dec. 20, airline spokesman Zhang Wuan said.
Spring Airlines’ flights to Saga, which run three times a week, are now more than half empty compared with 90 percent occupancy before the islands dispute escalated.
The offer of free tickets comes after a Saga official visited Spring Airlines in Shanghai, expressing hope that the route would continue with the local Saga government’s support, Zhang said. He declined to comment on what support is being offered.
A round-trip Spring Airlines ticket on the Pudong-Saga route can cost from 239 to 3,000 yuan ($38-480), depending in part on the promotions on offer, while passengers will typically pay an additional 1,030 yuan in tax and surcharges to cover fuel and other costs.
The deal means customers would only pay tax and surcharges and the same offer is set to be extended to another Japan route, between Shanghai and Kagawa, on the Japanese island of Shikoku, Zhang said.
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