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Bilateral Aviation Talks: Japan and Vietnam Agree on Haneda Routes and Liberalization of Narita Routes

Bilateral Aviation Talks: Japan and Vietnam Agree on Haneda Routes and Liberalization of Narita Routes

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On June 10, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) announced an agreement at bilateral aviation talks to implement "open skies" aviation liberalization between Japan and Vietnam that will include permission for landing slots at Haneda Airport.

The agreement will include permission for a framework for late-night and early morning routes connecting Haneda Airport with Vietnam, more routes to Narita Airport in the summer of 2012, liberalization of Japan-Vietnam transport on Narita routes as the airport plans to expand annual landing slots to 270,000 in the summer of 2013 as well as "beyond rights" from airports other than those in the Tokyo metropolitan area that have already been liberalized.

The new routes from Haneda Airport will be created by using currently unused landing slots from other routes. Beyond rights will allow for routes on which flights from one country land in a second country, pick up passengers and cargo there and then transport them on to a third country.

As of the 2011 summer schedule, a total of three airlines from Japan and Vietnam operate 67 flights a week between the two countries. In 2010, 890,000 passengers were carried.

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