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Daytime Flights at Haneda Connecting to Thailand - Successful Aviation Negotiations, Narita Included in Open Skies Accord

Daytime Flights at Haneda Connecting to Thailand - Successful Aviation Negotiations, Narita Included in Open Skies Accord

Suvarnabhumi Airport at Bangkok, Thailand.

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The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) announced on November 22 that it has come to an agreement in talks with Thailand's aviation bureau to allow flights between Haneda Airport and major Thai cities that land or take off at Haneda during the daytime hours (6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.) beginning as soon as March 2014.

The new routes in the agreement, which will be finalized following certain procedures in Thailand, will coincide with the number of international landing slots at Haneda rising from 30,000 to 60,000, thus expanding landings and takeoffs beyond the late night and early morning hours, a restriction imposed by the current rules.

Japan and Thailand also agreed to an "open skies" accord at Narita Airport liberalizing air transport between the two countries as of the end of March 2013. This will generally grant airlines the freedom to independently assign routes, flight volume and the like. The accord also permits transport to onward destinations from airports outside the Tokyo metropolitan area, effective immediately. This will allow for flights from one country to land in the other, take on passengers and cargo, then drop them off in a third country.

International flights landing and taking off at Haneda Airport during the day are currently limited to short-haul flights to East Asia, but the decision has been made to permit landing slots for long-haul flights to Thailand, Singapore and Europe beginning in 2014.

Thailand is the 23rd country/region to conclude an open skies accord with Japan that includes Tokyo area airports.

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