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China's Spring Airlines launches Saga-Shanghai flights.

SAGA, Japan, Jan. 18 Kyodo

Chinese budget carrier Spring Airlines launched a regular chartered passenger service between Shanghai and Saga, southwestern Japan, Wednesday as its third route connecting the Chinese city and a local Japanese airport.

The airline will operate one round-trip flight between Shanghai and Ariake Saga Airport in Saga Prefecture every Wednesday and Saturday, the airline said.

The Shanghai-Saga route follows the airline's current regular chartered passenger flights between Shanghai and Ibaraki Airport, about 80 kilometers northeast of Tokyo, and Takamatsu Airport in Kagawa Prefecture, western Japan.

The Saga prefectural government expects an increasing number of Chinese tourists and positive economic effects from the start of the service, and plans to subsidize the cost of operating the flight and related promotional activities.

To commemorate the new service, Spring Airlines offered in early December 3,000-yen one-way tickets for 180 seats on flights through March 3, and sold them out in about 30 minutes.
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Date:Jan 23, 2012
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