19-Feb-2016 9:20 AM

Japan and the US amend Open Skies agreement, open Tokyo Haneda daytime slots

Japan and the US announced (18-Feb-2016) they have negotiated an amendment to their Open Skies agreement, with the proposed amendment providing for the first time since 1978 daytime services by US and Japanese airlines between the US and Tokyo Haneda Airport. Under the proposed amendment, the existing four nighttime slot pairs that US airlines are permitted to operate between the US and Tokyo Haneda will be transferred to daytime hours. In addition, a fifth daytime slot pair for scheduled service to/from Tokyo Haneda would be added and US airlines would be able to continue operating one nighttime slot pair. The amendments are expected to come into effect from late Oct-2016. According to Japan MLITT, the following airlines currently operate scheduled services between Japan and the US:

*Third country airlines in addition to the above that operate Japan-US services include Korean Air, Singapore Airlines and China Airlines.

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