Japan and the Philippines have agreed to boost the number of passenger and cargo flights between the two countries, the transport ministry said Tuesday in Tokyo.

The accord was reached during a meeting of aviation officials from Japan and the Philippines held in Tokyo on Friday and Saturday, the Land, Infrastructure and Transport Ministry said.

This will make it possible to allot new slots to flights originating from the Philippines and flying to Chubu Centrair International Airport, due to open near Nagoya next February, the ministry said.

The agreement will also alow Japanese carriers to increase the number of Philippines-bound flights from the new airport, it said.

Currently, Japan Airlines operates three weekly round-trip flights between Nagoya and Manila and there are no flights run by Philippine carriers between the two cities.

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