Denver group visits Japan seeking nonstop flights

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A contingent from the Denver area was traveling to Japan last week to further the cause of opening nonstop flights between Denver and Tokyo.

The Denver Business Journal reports that the group included Don Marostica, director of Colorado’s Office of Economic Development and International Trade; Kim Day, manager of aviation for Denver International Airport; Kelly Brough, president/CEO of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce; Don Marshall, board chairman of the Metro Denver Economic Development Corp.; and Denver City Councilman Michael Hancock.

The delegation also hopes to foster business ties between Colorado and Japan.

“This trip is another critical step in our efforts to secure a non-stop flight to Tokyo and open the Asian market to Colorado and regional businesses,” Hancock said in a statement.

The Denver group plans to meet with executives of All Nippon Airways, the Japanese carrier seen by local leaders as the airline most likely to initiate nonstop service between Denver and Tokyo. It’s thought that a Tokyo connection could lead to expanded service to other Asian cities as well.

The delegation also intends to meet with Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism; United Airlines in Japan; and Narita International Airport Corp., operator of Tokyo’s Narita airport.

Hancock also plans to visit with the Ohara family in Takayama, Japan, which hosted him in 1985 under an exchange program when the councilman was a sophomore at Denver’s Manual High School. Takayama is a sister city of Denver.