INDIA: India and Japan make progress on air rights

Civil aviation authorities from India and Japan held talks in Tokyo last month to discuss further development of air links between the two countries. The Japanese government agreed to allocate 20 additional slots from March 2010 at Tokyo’s congested Narita international airport, taking the total number of slots available for the Indian Airbus A330-200 in […]


Civil aviation authorities from India and Japan held talks in Tokyo last month to discuss further development of air links between the two countries.

The Japanese government agreed to allocate 20 additional slots from March 2010 at Tokyo’s congested Narita international airport, taking the total number of slots available for the Indian Airbus A330-200 in Flyington Freighters livery will soon be a common sight in Indian skies. carriers there, to 28. Currently Indian carriers only have 8 slots at Narita, amounting to 4 flights per week, all of which are operated by Air India.

Both sides also agreed to expand the bilateral traffic rights with 21 services/week to be expanded to 42 services/week effective from March 2010. The Japanese carriers will be entitled to operate 14 services each on Tokyo-Delhi and Tokyo-Mumbai route in 2010 from the present level of 7 services each on these routes. The Indian carriers will be able to operate up to 28 services/week from points in India to Tokyo.

Currently a large part of the India-Japan traffic goes through the intermediate destinations.