Singapore Airlines Ltd. is missing the party in its own home. Tourist spending in the city jumped by half since 2008, aided by two new casinos and a 23 percent rise in passenger traffic through Changi Airport.
Japan Airlines Co. Chairman Masaru Onishi still feels a burning sensation in his stomach each time he climbs Osutaka Ridge, where 27 years ago he helped man a make-shift morgue after one of the carrier’s jets plowed into the mountainside.
The battle between three new budget airlines in Japan is benefiting businessmen as well as tourists, as operators of the bullet trains that have dominated long- distance travel since 1964 cut prices to defend market share.
Delta Air Lines Inc., the only major U.S. carrier without a Japanese partner, is pushing for more landing slots at Haneda airport near central Tokyo as United Continental Holdings Inc. seeks its first foothold there.