Service to Connect Haneda with Philippines Day and Night, Plus New Open Skies Accord

Service to Connect Haneda with Philippines Day and Night, Plus New Open Skies Accord

The "Clark Field" passenger terminal near Manila, Philippines.

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The Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) announced on September 13 that it has reached an agreement in talks with the Filipino civil aviation authorities to allow flights connecting Haneda Airport in Tokyo with major cities in the Philippines. These flights will be allowed to land and take off at Haneda during both the daytime hours (6:00 a.m. ? 11:00 p.m.) and at night (11:00 p.m. ? 6:00 a.m.).

The two parties agreed to allocate to each country two slots (a landing and a take off) a day for both the daytime and nighttime hours. This will happen when the number of landing slots at Haneda for international routes increases from 30,000 to 60,000. Thus, service connecting Haneda with Manila and other destinations in the Philippines is expected to commence in March 2014.

The talks also produced an agreement on an "open skies" accord to liberalize civil aviation that will include Narita International Airport outside Tokyo. This will liberalize the air transport business between the two countries, allowing their airlines the general freedom to assign routes and flight volume on their own. The accord also liberalizes for both countries the use of beyond flights (by which passengers and cargo are picked up in one partner country and dropped off in a third country), except for airports in the Tokyo metropolitan area.

International flights serving Haneda Airport during the daytime hours are currently restricted to short-haul routes within East Asia, but landing slots for long-haul flights will also be permitted starting in 2014. Countries including the United Kingdom, France, China, Singapore, Thailand, Germany, Vietnam and Indonesia have already agreed on arrangements for flights in and out of Haneda. The Philippines is the 25th country/region to conclude an open skies accord with Japan that includes Tokyo area airports