Aus signs open skies with Japan

first_imgThe Australian Government has signed an open skies agreement with Japan’s leaders allowing an unrestricted number of direct flights between Australia and Tokyo’s Haneda Airport.The agreement signed late last week will see daily flights flying between Australian airports and Haneda, the removal of capacity between all Australian and Japanese airports with the exception of Tokyo’s Narita Airport.According to an online statement carriers will have unrestricted access between Australia and Narita Airport by 2013. Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Anthony Albanese said the agreement would mount to economic benefits, allowing up to one million people fly between the two countries each year.“It also makes it possible for Australian airlines to fly beyond Japan to third countries for the first time, including key markets such as China and Europe,” Mr Albanese explained.“The announcement further strengthens Australia’s strong bilateral aviation relationship with Japan and reinforces the importance of our economic links with one of Asia’s largest economies.” Minister for Tourism Martin Ferguson added that the extra seats between Japan and Aus would help Japan on its recovery post-quake as well as build a market that spends up to $1.2 billion in Australia every year.“The Australia-Japan market is Australia’s eighth largest and makes a considerable contribution to our economy as well as opening up tourism and trade opportunities,” Mr Ferguson said  “Passenger numbers are forecast to grow by 25 per cent by 2020. “These new arrangements will allow both countries’ airlines to capitalise on the continuing growth in passenger numbers and the business opportunities that will arise from tourism, trade and development in the region.” Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img

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