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Japan-Vietnam Civil Aviation Negotiations to Allow Flights Serving Haneda during Day

Japan-Vietnam Civil Aviation Negotiations to Allow Flights Serving Haneda during Day

Ho Chi Mihn Tansonnhat International Airport.

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Japan's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) announced on June 13 that it has reached an agreement in talks with Vietnam's civil aviation authority to allow flights between Haneda Airport in Tokyo and major Vietnamese cities starting in March 2014. The flights will land and takeoff at Haneda between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m.

Service can commence on the new routes when Haneda plans to increase the number of international landing slots from 30,000 to 60,000. Two slots a day (each slot consisting of a landing and takeoff) will be allotted to each country, an addition to the existing slots that are limited to the late night and early morning hours.

Bilateral aviation talks in June 2011 produced an agreement to make unused late night and early morning slots at Haneda available for flights to and from Vietnam, but as of yet there are no regular commercial flights assigned to them. Airlines from both countries are expected to arrange various schedules to begin flying on new routes between then.

Daytime international routes serving Haneda Airport are limited to short-haul routes to East Asia, but the MLIT has decided to allow landing slots for long-haul flights as well starting in 2014. Vietnam is the seventh country to reach such an agreement through civil aviation negotiations.

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