September 22, 2008

Singapore, Japan Expand Air Services

Singapore, Japan expand air services

SINGAPORE, Sept. 19 (Xinhua) -- Singapore and Japan have signed an expanded air services deal that allows both countries' carriers to operate unlimited passenger and cargo flights between Singapore and all cities in Japan.

In a statement, Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) Friday said, under the new agreement, Singapore carriers may operate four daily flights between Singapore and Tokyo's Haneda Airport during the late night and early morning hours (10 p.m. to 7 a.m.), following the scheduled completion of a new runway at Haneda Airport in October 2010.

In addition, Singapore carriers may increase the number of flights between Singapore and Tokyo's Narita Airport, following the completion of runway expansion works at the airport in March 2010.

The expansion also allows Singapore carriers to operate passenger flights beyond Osaka and Nagoya to the United States, while Japanese carriers can operate passenger flights beyond Singapore to India and the Middle East.

The new agreement was reached after air services consultations between both countries held in Singapore in the past two days, said the CAAS.

Eight airlines currently operate 288 weekly scheduled flights between Singapore and nine cities in Japan.

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