Haneda-China flights to double

Kyodo

Tokyo and Beijing have agreed to double the number of daily daytime flights from Haneda airport to China next spring, according to the transport ministry.

The two sides agreed to add four flights connecting the Tokyo hub and Shanghai, and four more linking Haneda with the major southeastern city of Guangzhou at the end of next March, doubling the number of daytime flights to 16, the Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Ministry said Wednesday.

The additional eight services will be split equally between domestic airlines and Chinese carriers, according to the ministry.

Four more new flights are scheduled to be added between Haneda and Beijing, possibly at the end of March 2014, it added.

The agreement will also place airports in Japan and China — excluding Narita, Haneda and those in Beijing and Shanghai — under an open skies agreement, allowing airlines to freely set the number of flights and open new routes. China will become the 18th country or region to ink such a deal with Japan.

“The open skies agreement will help Japan achieve sustainable economic development by tapping China’s growing demand for flight services,” transport minister Yuichiro Hata said.