Japan, Finland OK open skies accord

JIJI

Japan and Finland have agreed to liberalize their civil aviation markets so airlines from both countries can freely open routes and decide on the number of flights.

The transport ministry said Monday that Finland is the first Nordic country to agree on an open skies pact with Japan, which already has similar deals with Britain, the United States and South Korea.

Flights linking Narita International Airport with Finland will be liberalized at the end of next March, when the number of annual takeoff and landing slots at the airport will be raised to 270,000.