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Japan-Germany Talks: Daytime Landing Slots at Haneda Coming for Flights to Germany, Later Talks to Discuss Open Skies Accord

Japan-Germany Talks: Daytime Landing Slots at Haneda Coming for Flights to Germany, Later Talks to Discuss Open Skies Accord

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Japan and Germany will permit daytime flights connecting Haneda Airport with Germany. This stems from an agreement reached during bilateral aviation talks, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) announced on February 18.

When international landing slots at Haneda Airport double from 30,000 to 60,000 at the end of March 2014, flights to and from Germany will be allowed to land and take off at the airport during the daytime hours (6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.). These flights are currently limited to late night and early morning landing slots. The agreement will allow each country to give its airlines two daytime flights in addition to the landing slots they currently hold.

As of now, daytime international landing slots at Haneda are generally limited to short-haul routes. Germany is the sixth country to reach an agreement on daytime operations in conjunction with the pending expansion of international landing slots. The other countries are the United Kingdom, France, China, Singapore and Thailand.

During the talks, the two parties agreed to decide on the implementation and timing of a future open skies according (i.e. aviation liberation) -- that would include Narita International Airport -- at later talks. The only flights between Haneda Airport and Germany are currently operated by All Nippon Airways Co., Ltd. (ANA) on its Frankfurt route, which lands and takes off during the late night and early morning hours.

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