Direct Flights From Tokyo To Tel Aviv Begin This YearFlights To Begin In March 2020
- February 18, 2019
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The Jerusalem Post has recently reported Israel’s ambassador to Japan, Yaffe Ben-Ari, has announced the inauguration of the first ever direct flight for tourists from Israel to Japan at a ceremony in Tokyo with Hiroshi Tabata, commissioner of the Japan Tourism Agency, and Hiromi Tagawa. chairman of the Japan Association of Travel Agents (JATA).
Current shortest flight (by way of connecting flight in Moscow) take 15 hours and 10 minutes, the proposed direct flights will take 11 hours and 30 minutes.
“We hope this step will encourage visits from Japanese business people to Israel and will contribute to strengthen trade and the economic connections between the two countries,” said Gilad Cohen, the Foreign Ministry’s Deputy director-general for Asia and the Pacific.
The flights are also expected to lead to a significant increase in tourism between the two countries. According to Tourism Ministry figures, only 17,000 tourists arrived in 2018 from Japan, compared to some 40,000 from South Korea, 58,000 from India, and 114,000 from China.
Tourism from China and India has skyrocketed over the last few years as direct flights were initiated and expanded with those countries.