The Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Anthony Albanese today announced that Australian and Japanese airlines would now be able to offer direct flights between Australia and Tokyo's Haneda Airport under a landmark open skies agreement between Australia and Japan.
Key elements of the new arrangements include:
Daily flights between Haneda Airport and Australian airports
The removal of all capacity restrictions between all Australian and Japanese airports with the exception of Tokyo's Narita Airport
The removal of all capacity restrictions at Tokyo's Narita Airport form 2013.
Note this mentioned no capacity restrictions anymore, but what about slot restrictions - Australian airlines would still need to buy-in... correct? or?
Who's bigger at HND? JL or NH?
I suppose this now also makes it easier for Skymark to start their mooted MEL services.