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Regular Service to Malaysia from Haneda Airport - Increased International Routes for 2010

Regular Service to Malaysia from Haneda Airport - Increased International Routes for 2010

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The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport announced on July 28 that Japan and Malaysia have agreed to cooperate on air travel and to increase international routes to and from Haneda Airport. This will make possible seven regular flights weekly between the two countries, and they will be operated by carriers from each.

The airport is planning to start operating a new international terminal building, Runway D and a new control tower in October 2010, and the ministry has decided on a plan to assign international arrivals and departures for late at night and early morning (10:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.).

The airport currently has regular charter flights to Seoul (Gimpo), Shanghai (Hongquiao) and Hong Kong., but this is the first agreement it has made for regular international service.

During the negotiations the two countries also agreed to eliminate limits on points of entry and number of flights for airmail, except for at congested Haneda and Narita Airports. Malaysia is the sixth country (area) after South Korea, Thailand, Macao, Hong Kong and Vietnam to be affected by the concept of the Asia Gateway Initiative to liberalize aviation.

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