Aviation Negotiations Lead to Open Skies Accord between Japan and Netherlands

Aviation Negotiations Lead to Open Skies Accord between Japan and Netherlands

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During bilateral talks on August 23, the Japanese and Dutch aviation agencies agreed to measures including an open skies accord and liberalization of codeshare arrangements.

Under the accord, airlines from the two countries will generally be allowed the freedom to set their own routes and flight volume for air service between Japan and the Netherlands. The terms will be implemented for routes serving Narita Airport at the end of March 2013, when the airport will increase the number of annual landing slots to 270,000. The accord came into effect at the time of the agreement for routes serving all airports outside the Tokyo metropolitan area, such as Kansai International Airport and Chubu International Airport.

Although the accord does not apply to Haneda Airport routes, bilateral aviation talks between Japan and the Netherlands in 2009 led to an agreement on direct passenger and cargo flights between Haneda and Amsterdam. Each country can let its airlines operate seven flights a week during the late-night and early-morning hours (10:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.), but as of yet no airlines have specific plans to open any new routes.

Japan and the Netherlands included liberalization of codeshare agreements to allow their airlines' more flexibility in managing flight schedules.

The Netherlands is the 19th country or region to sign an open skies accord with Japan.