In what will come as a blow to many expats and other neutral observers of the Diaoyu furore, Spring Airlines has cancelled their free tickets to Japan giveaway after being labelled traitors and accused of hurting the feelings of the Chinese people.
The country’s largest private low-cost carrier withdrew the offer of 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, just 2-1/2 days after it was launched.
“We canceled the offer last night after taking into consideration the feeling of netizens,” airline spokesman Zhang Wuan told Reuters.
Knuckle-dragging, xenophobic nationalists on Weibo called for a boycott of Spring Airlines after the deal was announced. “I don’t want to comment on Spring Airlines. But as a Chinese, I have my own choice and stance: I won’t fly to Japan even if the tickets were free,” said one ‘patriot’.
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