Japan MLIT and Scandinavia (Sweden, Norway and Denmark) concluded (12-Oct-2012) a revised air services agreement during a meeting between 10-Oct-2012 and 11-Oct-2012. Under the revised agreement, current restrictions on services to and from Tokyo Narita will be removed from summer 2013, when annual slots at the airport increase to 270,000. Denmark, Norway and Sweden are the 20th, 21st and 22nd countries to sign open-skies agreements with Japan. As previously reported, during the 2012 summer schedules, no Japanese airline operated between Japan and Scandinavia while Scandinavian Airlines operates a seven times weekly service between Copenhagen and Tokyo Narita. Passenger numbers between Japan and Scandinavia reached 115,000 in 2011, 139,000 in 2010, 124,000 in 2009 and 137,000 in 2008. [more – original PR – Japanese]
Japan and Scandinavia conclude revised air services agreement
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