New shuttle flights between Japan and South Korea will begin Nov. 30, connecting Tokyo’s Haneda airport and Kimpo airport near Seoul for the first time, transport ministry officials said Friday.

The shuttle service will be used for chartered package tours during the day, with airlines from both sides making two daily round trips.

It will be the first time for Haneda to run regular chartered flights during the day, officials said. Haneda is officially a domestic airport.

The scheme is in accordance with an agreement reached in June between Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi and Korean President Roh Moo Hyun that called for promotion of tourism between the two nations.

Haneda is being used for regular charter flights at night because Narita is closed between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. due to environmental concerns.

Regular flights currently run between Narita airport in Chiba Prefecture and Inchon airport near Seoul.

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