Korean Air cuts Japan flights as tensions hit passenger demand
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July 29, 2019 - by HEEKYONG YANG AND HYUNJOO JIN Reuters for theglobeandmail.com
Korean Air Lines, the country's top carrier, said on Monday it will suspend flights between the South Korean city of Busan and Japan's Sapporo from Sept. 3, due to lean demand amid a worsening diplomatic and economic row between the two nations.
Last month, Japan tightened controls of exports of high-tech materials to South Korea, in apparent retaliation for a South Korean court ruling over wartime forced labour.
Such disputes have prompted a widespread boycott of Japanese products and services, from beer to clothes and travel in South Korea.
The move added chaos to the airline and tourism industries, which were already grappling with rising competition and falling travel demand to Japan – a destination popular among younger tourists.
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