ANCHORAGE - The number of aurora-borealis loving Japanese tourists visiting Alaska's Interior just continues to grow.
The Alaska Travel Industry Association said Japan Airlines plans to fly at least 17 charter flights to Alaska in the coming winter.
Association spokesman Dave Worrell said most of those charters will be direct flights to Fairbanks, with a few first making stops in Anchorage.
The airline started the winter charters in 2004, adding additional flights each year.
The airline also offers summer charters to Alaska.
Worrell said the upcoming winter flights represent an estimated 5,400 visitors.