Today in Tokyo, U.S. and Japanese government delegations signed a Record of Discussions to recommend that the two governments amend the Open Skies civil air transport agreement between the two countries. The proposed amendment would expand daytime passenger service between Tokyo’s Haneda Airport and U.S. destinations. It would provide for 12 additional slot pairs (12 arrivals and 12 departures daily) during daytime hours for U.S. air carriers and the same for Japanese carriers. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Transportation Affairs Hugo Yon and Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Assistant Vice-Minister for International Aviation Jotaro Horiuchi signed on behalf of their respective delegations.
The text of the Record of Discussions can be found here: https://www.state.gov/u-s-japan-record-of-discussions-of-august-21-2019/. The new flights are expected to begin on or around March 29, 2020, with the beginning of the IATA Summer 2020 traffic season. Both U.S. and Japanese carriers have expressed strong interest in offering additional daytime service to Haneda. U.S. carriers currently operate five daytime flights and one nighttime flight daily to and from Haneda. Passengers and businesses alike will welcome this expansion of convenient access to downtown Tokyo, and the new opportunities for trade and tourism will also deliver real economic benefits for U.S. workers and their communities.
The U.S. Open Skies international aviation policy has expanded international passenger and cargo flights to and from the United States, promoted increased travel and trade, and spurred job creation and economic growth. For more information about Open Skies, please visit: https://www.state.gov/civil-air-transport-agreements.