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China's Spring Airlines offers reduced-price tickets to Japan

SHANGHAI/BEIJING -- Unlike other Chinese airlines that are slashing flights to Japan amid escalating tensions between the two countries over the Diaoyu Islands (known in Japan as Senkaku), Shanghai-based Spring Airlines decided to offer reduced tickets for flights between Shanghai and the Japanese prefectures of Saga and Kagawa.

Saga relies heavily on Chinese tourists to boost the local economy, but the rocky relationship between Japan and China has led to a sharp decrease in the number of passengers on the airline's Japanese flights.

Saga's local government said at a recent news conference that travelers between Shanghai and Saga can board the flights with confidence.

The prefecture's government decided to jointly support the initiative with the airline, which is offering up to 50 reduced tickets for each flight between Shanghai and Saga starting on Monday. Each flight can carry 180 passengers.

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