Myanmar Agrees to Open Skies Accord to Become Japan's 26th Open Skies Partner - Code Sharing Included
During talks between their civil aviation authorities, Japan and Myanmar reached an agreement on October 24th to conclude a bilateral open skies accord for aviation liberalization, a new code sharing arrangement and more.
Under the terms of the agreement, the two countries' airlines will basically be granted the freedom to set routes and flight volume between Japan and Myanmar as they see fit. While Narita International Airport, one of the hubs serving the Tokyo metropolitan area, is included, Haneda Airport, located closer to the capital's downtown area, is not due to its landing slot limits. The accord also permits the mutual freedom of transport between the two countries (excluding the Tokyo area) as well as to destinations beyond. This will allow airlines to fly from one country to the other, take on more passengers and cargo, and drop them off in a third country.
The agreement also make arrangements for code sharing with carriers in third countries so as to give Japanese and Burmese airlines greater flexibility in their operations.
In addition to the Narita-Yangon route flown by All Nippon Airways Co., Ltd. (ANA), commercial air travel between Japan and Myanmar is slated to expand in December under an agreement between Ibaraki Prefecture north of Tokyo and Myanmar Airways International Co., Ltd., who announced their signing of a memorandum of understanding on opening a route between Ibaraki Airport in the city of Omitama and Myanmar.
According to statistics by the Japan National Tourist Organization (JNTO), 55,000 people traveled between Japan and Myanmar in 2012, roughly triple the number in 2008.